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Last updated: 23 September 2019
Date:Tuesday 24 July 2001
Type:Silhouette image of generic A343 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A340-312
Operator:SriLankan Airlines
Registration: 4R-ADD
C/n / msn: 036
First flight: 1994
Engines: 4 CFMI CFM56-5C3
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Colombo-Bandaranayake International Airport (CMB) (   Sri Lanka)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Departure airport:-
Destination airport:-
Tamil Tiger rebels launched a major pre-dawn suicide attack on Colombo-Bandaranayake International Airport. The raid left at least 19 people dead, including 14 Tamil rebels, two army commandos and three air force personnel. Two of SriLankan Airlines' Airbus A.330 planes (4R-ALE and 4R-ALF) were destroyed, one A.320 (4R-ABA) and one of their A.340 planes (4R-ADD). Two other planes were damaged (A.340 4R-ADC and A.320 4R-ABB). A number of military planes were also damaged and destroyed.

Destroyed on ground

» SriLankan Airlines
» Reuters


photo of Airbus-A340-312-4R-ADD
accident date: 24-07-2001
type: Airbus A340-312
registration: 4R-ADD
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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