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Last updated: 16 October 2019
Date:jeudi 7 septembre 1978
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic A748 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hawker Siddeley HS-748-212 Srs. 2
Compagnie:Air Ceylon
Immatriculation: 4R-ACJ
Numéro de série: 1571
Année de Fabrication: 1964
Equipage:victimes: 0 / à bord: 2
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 0
Total:victimes: 0 / à bord: 2
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:Colombo-Ratmalana Airport (RML) (   Sri Lanka)
Phase de vol: En attente (STD)
Aéroport de départ:Colombo-Ratmalana Airport (RML/VCCC), Sri Lanka
Aéroport de destination:Colombo-Katunayake International Airport (CMB/VCBI), Sri Lanka
The pilot and first officer were carrying out pre-departure checks when loud explosion in the mid-section of the fuselage caused a fire. The aircraft was to be ferried to nearby Katunayake Airport to pick up passengers for a flight to Maldives.
Liberation Tigers claimed responsibility for explosion. However, there was also speculation that extremist Sinhalese may have planted bomb and were endeavouring to implicate Tamils to incite persecution by government authorities.
It was thought that the bomb was planted by two youths who remained on board the aircraft after it landed from Jaffna, debarking after flight attendants and all other passengers. They were reportedly sitting in area where bomb later exploded.

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photo of HS-748-212-Srs-2-4R-ACJ
accident date: 07-09-1978
type: Hawker Siddeley HS-748-212 Srs. 2
registration: 4R-ACJ

Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Colombo-Ratmalana Airport et Colombo-Katunayake International Airport est de 40 km (25 miles).

Les informations ci-dessus ne représentent pas l'opinion de la 'Flight Safety Foundation' ou de 'Aviation Safety Network' sur les causes de l'accident. Ces informations prélimimaires sont basées sur les faits tel qu'ils sont connus à ce jour.
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