Criminal Occurrence description
Last updated: 23 November 2014
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Tuesday 29 September 1998
Time:13:54
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov 24RV
Operating for:LionAir
Leased from:Gomelavia
Registration: EW-46465
C/n / msn: 27307901
First flight: 1972
Engines: 2 Ivchenko AI-24VT
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 48 / Occupants: 48
Total:Fatalities: 55 / Occupants: 55
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:off Mannar (   Sri Lanka) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Jaffna-Palaly AB (JAF/VCCJ), Sri Lanka
Destination airport:Colombo-Ratmalana Airport (RML/VCCC), Sri Lanka
Flightnumber: 602
Narrative:
Lionair Flight 602 departed Jaffna-Palaly Air Force Base for a 65-minte flight to Colombo at 13:40. The plane disappeared from radar screens while climbing to FL140, just after the pilot had reported depressurization. The Antonov had been leased from the Belarus company Gomelavia. First indications are that the plane was shot down by LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) rebels.

Classification:
Shot down from the ground
Loss of control

Sources:
» Daily News
» ICAO Adrep Summary 6/98 (#3)
» Reuters
» Tommy Maurer


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Distance from Jaffna-Palaly AB to Colombo-Ratmalana Airport as the crow flies is 329 km (206 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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Antonov 24

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