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Last updated: 20 November 2018
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Date:Tuesday 12 September 1995
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN32 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov An-32B
Operator:Sri Lanka Air Force
Registration: CR861
C/n / msn: 3502
First flight:
Engines: 2 Ivchenko AI-20
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 70 / Occupants: 70
Total:Fatalities: 75 / Occupants: 75
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:4 km (2.5 mls) N off Colombo (   Sri Lanka)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Colombo-Ratmalana Airport (RML/VCCC), Sri Lanka
Destination airport:Jaffna-Palaly Air Base (JAF/VCCJ), Sri Lanka
Narrative:
Instrument problems forced the crew to return to Colombo-Ratmalana. The Antonov lost control and crashed into the sea.

Classification:
Loss of control

Sources:
» Soviet Transports
» Flight International 20-26 September 1995 (16)
» Scramble 197(67)
» Scramble 200(40)
» Scramble 204(48)
» Volkskrant 16.09.95(6)


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Distance from Colombo-Ratmalana Airport to Jaffna-Palaly Air Base as the crow flies is 329 km (206 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s 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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Antonov An-32

  • 357 built
  • 26th loss
  • 15th fatal accident
  • 2nd worst accident (at the time)
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