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Last updated: 21 April 2019
Date:Saturday 3 May 1986
Type:Silhouette image of generic L101 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-1011 TriStar 100
Operator:Air Lanka
Registration: 4R-ULD
C/n / msn: 1061
First flight: 1974-01-14 (12 years 4 months)
Total airframe hrs:28915
Engines: 3 Rolls-Royce RB211-22B
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 128
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Colombo-Katunayake International Airport (CMB) (   Sri Lanka)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Colombo-Katunayake International Airport (CMB/VCBI), Sri Lanka
Destination airport:Malé International Airport (MLE/VRMM), Maldives
Flightnumber: 512
The 'City of Colombo' was damaged during the loading of the plane for the flight to Male. This caused some delay. During the boarding of the plane a bomb, hidden in the aircraft's 'Fly Away Kit', exploded.

The Sri Lankan government concluded that the bomb was planted by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to sabotage peace talks between the LTTE and the Sri Lankan government.


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Distance from Colombo-Katunayake International Airport to Malé International Airport as the crow flies is 772 km (482 miles).

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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