ASN Aircraft accident Antonov An-32B CR865 Colombo-Ratmalana Airport (RML)
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Date:Friday 21 February 1997
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN32 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov An-32B
Operator:Sri Lanka Air Force
Registration: CR865
MSN: 3510
First flight:
Engines: 2 Ivchenko AI-20
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 59
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 63
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Colombo-Ratmalana Airport (RML) (   Sri Lanka)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Departure airport:Colombo-Ratmalana Airport (RML/VCCC), Sri Lanka
Destination airport:Jaffna-Palaly Air Base (JAF/VCCJ), Sri Lanka
The aircraft overran the runway while on takeoff for Palaly and crashed into a marshy patch.
An-32 aircraft were grounded for a few days until investigations were completed.

Runway excursion

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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 Colombo-Ratmalana Airport to Jaffna-Palaly Air Base as the crow flies is 329 km (206 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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