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.
Shot down from the ground
Loss of control
|Status:||Preliminary - official|
|Date:||Tuesday 29 September 1998|
|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)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Jaffna-Palaly Air Base (JAF/VCCJ), Sri Lanka|
|Destination airport:||Colombo-Ratmalana Airport (RML/VCCC), Sri Lanka|
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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
display the exact flight path.
Distance from Jaffna-Palaly Air Base 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.