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Criminal Occurrence description
Last updated: 6 July 2015
Status:
Date:Thursday 7 September 1978
Type:Hawker Siddeley HS-748-212 Srs. 2
Operator:Air Ceylon
Registration: 4R-ACJ
C/n / msn: 1571
First flight: 1964
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Colombo-Ratmalana Airport (RML) (   Sri Lanka)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Colombo-Ratmalana Airport (RML/VCCC), Sri Lanka
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The pilot and first officer were carrying out pre-departure checks when loud explosion in the mid-section of the fuselage caused a fire.
Possible terrorist action.


Classification:
Sabotage

Sources:
» Aircraft hijackings and other criminal acts against civil aviation : statistics and narrative reports / FAA


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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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