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Criminal Occurrence
Last updated: 27 November 2015
Datum:donderdag 7 september 1978
Type:Silhouette image of generic A748 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hawker Siddeley HS-748-212 Srs. 2
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Air Ceylon
Registratie: 4R-ACJ
Constructienummer: 1571
Bouwjaar: 1964
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 2
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 0
Totaal:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 2
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:Colombo-Ratmalana Airport (RML) (   Sri Lanka)
Fase: Geparkeerd (STD)
Soort vlucht:Ferry
Vliegveld van vertrek:Colombo-Ratmalana Airport (RML/VCCC), Sri Lanka
Vliegveld van aankomst:Colombo-Katunayake International Airport (CMB/VCBI), Sri Lanka
The pilot and first officer were carrying out pre-departure checks when loud explosion in the mid-section of the fuselage caused a fire. The aircraft was to be ferried to nearby Katunayake Airport to pick up passengers for a flight to Maldives.
Liberation Tigers claimed responsibility for explosion. However, there was also speculation that extremist Sinhalese may have planted bomb and were endeavouring to implicate Tamils to incite persecution by government authorities.
It was thought that the bomb was planted by two youths who remained on board the aircraft after it landed from Jaffna, debarking after flight attendants and all other passengers. They were reportedly sitting in area where bomb later exploded.

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Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Colombo-Ratmalana Airport en Colombo-Katunayake International Airport bedraagt 40 km (25 miles).

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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