Accident Antonov An-26 UR-79170, Thursday 30 March 2000
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Date:Thursday 30 March 2000
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN26 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Antonov An-26
Owner/operator:Sri Lanka Air Force, lsf Avialinii AAR
Registration: UR-79170
MSN: 13410
Year of manufacture:1983
Fatalities:Fatalities: 40 / Occupants: 40
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:14,5 km S of Anuradhapura Airport (ADP) -   Sri Lanka
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Jaffna-Palaly Air Base (JAF/VCCJ)
Destination airport:Anuradhapura Airport (ACJ/VCCA)
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
The plane was chartered by the air force from a Ukrainian company (Avialinii AAR) to transport troops including soldiers wounded in recent fighting with Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels. Unconfirmed reports said the crew had reported engine trouble 10 minutes before it crashed.
In March 2012 it was reported that the Terrorism Investigation Department (TID) of the Sri Lanka police has reopened the case of this accident.
Two cadres of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) arrested in 2012 have confessed to firing missiles from the Wilpattu forest area, bringing down the plane.


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