Sri Lanka air force plane crash kills all 4 on board

Volunteers and firefighters at the scene of a military transport plane crash on the outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka, in December 2014. Today, an air force aircraft went down in a tea-growing mountainous region while on its way to Ratmalana, south of the capital. – EPA pic, January 3, 2020.

A SRI Lankan air force plane crashed in a tea-growing mountainous region today, killing the four crewmen on board, said a military official.

The Chinese-built Y-12 had taken off from the southern airbase of Wirawila and was heading to Ratmalana, south of Colombo, when it crashed, said spokesman Chandana Wickramasinghe.

“We are still investigating the cause of the crash.”

He said all four officers on the plane died in the crash in Haputale, 200km east of Colombo.

It is the worst air crash in the country since an AN-32 military transport plane came down just outside the capital in December 2014, killing all five crew members. – AFP, January 3, 2020.

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