Jaffna passenger aircraft crash lands in Ratmalana

[TamilNet, Thursday, 13 December 2007, 11:51 GMT]
A passenger flight with 50 Tamil passengers from Ratmalana airport to Jaffna, unable to land at Palaali due to technical failure, had to fly back to Colombo Thursday morning. But, Ratmalana refused landing permission to the aircraft and diverted it to Katunayake International Airport. The authorities at Katunayaka, fearing it might crash land, asked the pilots of the Expo limited aircraft to return to Ratmalana. The pilots finally managed to safely land the aircraft at Ratmalana airport.

Ratmalana airport was fully cleared before allowing the flight to land there. Ambulances and fire engines were called on for emergency.

The pilots, with great difficulty, managed to land the aircraft. Nobody was hurt.

 

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