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* Sri Lanka Air Force temporarily suspends flying of Kfirs following crash of two jets
Wed, Mar 2, 2011, 08:28 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka Air Force has temporarily suspended flying Kfir fighter jets following the clash of two Kfirs in mid-air yesterday.

Sri Lanka Air Force spokesman Group Captain Andrew Wijesooriya told media that the suspension was according to procedure following such accident.

Accordingly, Kfirs are not to fly in the parades to be held from today to mark the 60th anniversary of the Sri Lanka Air Force. But the other aircraft of the SLAF are to take part in the air shows.

Sri Lanka Air Force is investigating the Kfir crash and the suspension will be in effect until the report of the investigation is submitted.

The two Israeli-built fighters en route to take part in the fly past rehearsal for the SLAF 60th anniversary crashed in Yakkala in Gampaha District yesterday, killing one of the pilots, 29-year-old Flight Lieutenant Monath Perera.

Preliminary reports indicate a possible mid-air collision as a cause for the crash of the two fighter jets which were flying in tight formation at the time of the accident, the Air Force said.

The Commander of the Air Force has appointed a Board of Investigation headed by Air Vice Marshal Kapila Jayampathi to look into the causes of the accident.

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