SLAF unmanned aerial vehicle crashes in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 22 January 2003, 12:42 GMT]
An Israeli made unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) of the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) crashed Wednesday morning around eleven into an onion field in Alaveddi, seventeen km from Jaffna town soon after it left the Palaly airbase in the peninsula. No casualties were reported, sources said.

SLAF officials rushed to the scene in a helicopter and recovered the parts of the completely damaged UAV, which was purchased by the Government of Sri Lanka in 1996, sources said.

SLAF sources said that the said UAV was on a training mission. However last week the Voice of Tigers quoting LTTE officials said that UAVs were being used on spy mission by the government security forces over southern parts of Jaffna in violation of their ceasefire agreement with the GOSL, sources said.

 

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