ASN Aircraft accident British Aerospace BAe-748-357 Srs. 2B SCD 4R-HVA Jaffna-Palaly AFB (JAF)
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Date:Saturday 29 April 1995
Type:Silhouette image of generic A748 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
British Aerospace BAe-748-357 Srs. 2B SCD
Operating for:Sri Lanka Air Force
Leased from:Helitours
Registration: 4R-HVA
MSN: 1768
First flight: 1979
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 49 / Occupants: 49
Total:Fatalities: 52 / Occupants: 52
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Jaffna-Palaly AFB (JAF) (   Sri Lanka)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Anuradhapura Airport (ACJ/VCCA), Sri Lanka
Destination airport:Jaffna-Palaly Air Base (JAF/VCCJ), Sri Lanka
When descending through 3000 feet towards Palaly AFB after a flight from Anuradhapura, the HS-748 was shot down with a SAM missile by Tamil separatists.
The day before Helitours' other HS-748 had been shot down by Tamils.

» Air Safety Week 15 May 1995 (p. 3)
» CNN text 29.4.95
» Scramble 195(51)
» Scramble 194(60)


photo of HS-748-357-Srs-2B-SCD-G-BGJV
accident date: 29-04-1995
type: Hawker Siddeley HS-748-357 Srs. 2B SCD
registration: G-BGJV

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 Anuradhapura Airport to Jaffna-Palaly Air Base 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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