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Last updated: 21 February 2018
Date:Thursday 30 March 2000
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN26 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov 26
Operating for:Sri Lanka Air Force
Leased from:Avialinii AAR
Registration: UR-79170
C/n / msn: 13410
First flight: 1983
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 36 / Occupants: 36
Total:Fatalities: 40 / Occupants: 40
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:14,5 km (9.1 mls) S of Anuradhapura Airport (ADP) (   Sri Lanka)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Jaffna-Palaly Air Base (JAF/VCCJ), Sri Lanka
Destination airport:Anuradhapura Airport (ADP/VCCA), Sri Lanka
The plane was chartered by the air force from a Ukrainian company (Avialinii AAR) to transport troops including soldiers wounded in recent fighting with Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels. Unconfirmed reports said the crew had reported engine trouble 10 minutes before it crashed.
In March 2012 it was reported that the Terrorism Investigation Department (TID) of the Sri Lanka police has reopened the case of this accident.
Two cadres of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) arrested in 2012 have confessed to firing missiles from the Wilpattu forest area, bringing down the plane.

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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 Anuradhapura Airport as the crow flies is 169 km (106 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-26

  • 1403 built
  • 102nd loss
  • 55th fatal accident
  • 8th worst accident (at the time)
  • 10th worst accident (currently)
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  • 8th worst accident
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