Four member team probe helicopter crash
A four member committee appointed by Sri Lanka Air Force is
conducting investigations into the MI 24 helicopter gunship that crashed
in Buttala on Friday afternoon, Air Force Spokesman Wing Commander
Janaka Nanayakkara said yesterday.
“The four member committee headed by Air Vice Marshal Gagana
Bulathsinhala visited the scene on Friday evening and the continuing
investigations to ascertain the real causes behind the crash of the
helicopter which was on a training mission”, Wing Commander Nanayakkara
The Air Force on Friday mentioned technical failure as the immediate
reason for the helicopter crash.
Group Captain Abhaya Nanayakkara, Wing Commander Manoj Keppetipola,
and Squadron Leader Malinda Perera have been appointed other members of
The Air Force Spokesman said that it would take more time for the
probe committee to come to a conclusion over the incident as the parts
of the helicopter were burnt to ashes.
However, the Air Force has received eye witness accounts into the
Pilots in another helicopter which was flying close to the crashed MI
24 helicopter have observed it.
According to Wing Commander Nanayakkara, two pilots Squadron Leader
Esala Dodanmaluwa and Flight Lieutenant Rehan Fernando and two air
gunners, Corporal Jayantha Sirisena and Corporal Chandrawansha Bandara
Ratnayake were killed in the crash.