Crash of an Antonov AN-26 in Anuradhapura: 40 killed
Date & Time: Mar 30, 2000
Palaly - Colombo
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The aircraft departed Jaffna-Palaly Airport on a flight to Colombo, carrying mostly Marines officers. While in cruising altitude, the pilot reported an engine fire and diverted to Anuradhapura Airport. On approach, the aircraft went out of control and crashed in a wooded area located 14,5 km from the airport. The aircraft was totally destroyed and all 40 occupants were killed.
The aircraft was shot down by a Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) surface-to-air missile.