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Last updated: 16 October 2017
Status:Offizieller Zwischenbericht
Datum:Dienstag 29 September 1998
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic AN24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonow 24RV
Betrieben durch:LionAir
Gemietet von :Gomelavia
Kennzeichen: EW-46465
Werknummer: 27307901
Baujahr: 1972
Triebwerk: 2 Ivchenko AI-24VT
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 7 / Insassen: 7
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 48 / Insassen: 48
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 55 / Insassen: 55
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:vom Land entfernt von Mannar (   Sri Lanka)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Jaffna-Palaly Air Base (JAF/VCCJ), Sri Lanka
Flug nach:Colombo-Ratmalana Airport (RML/VCCC), Sri Lanka
Flugnummer: 602
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.

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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).
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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