ASN Aircraft accident Antonov An-24RV EW-46465 Mannar
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Status:Information verified through authorities or other official sources.
Date:Tuesday 29 September 1998
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov An-24RV
Operating for:LionAir
Leased from:Gomelavia
Registration: EW-46465
MSN: 27307901
First flight: 1972
Total airframe hrs:42442
Engines: 2 Ivchenko AI-24VT
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 48 / Occupants: 48
Total:Fatalities: 55 / Occupants: 55
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:off Mannar (   Sri Lanka)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Jaffna-Palaly Air Base (JAF/VCCJ), Sri Lanka
Destination airport:Colombo-Ratmalana Airport (RML/VCCC), Sri Lanka
Flightnumber: 602
LionAir Flight 602 departed Jaffna-Palaly Air Force Base for a 65-minte flight to Colombo at 13:40. The plane disappeared from radar screens while climbing to FL140, just after the pilot had reported depressurization. The Antonov had been leased from the Belarus company Gomelavia. Indications are that the plane was shot down by LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) rebels.
The aircraft crashed into the sea. Some 30% of the wreckage was salvaged in May 2013. No trace of the voice or data recorders was found.

Shot down from the ground
Loss of control

» Daily News
» ICAO Adrep Summary 6/98 (#3)
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» Re-opened accident investigation report of Lion Air Flight LN 602, EW 464665


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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 Colombo-Ratmalana Airport as the crow flies is 329 km (206 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-24

  • 1332 built
  • 142nd loss
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