Oct 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy media spokesman Commander Kosala Warnakulasuriya said plans are afoot to salvage the wreckage of a passenger plane shot down by the terrorist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) 14 years ago in the northern seas.
The Navy spokesman said according to the plans, the wreckage is will be salvaged by October 31, unless the sea will be rough.
Sri Lanka Navy says that the Navy divers have traced the wreckage in sea bed following information provided by the police Terrorism Investigation Department based on a statement made by a former LTTE cadre who is now in custody.
The Lion Air flight 602 from Palaly to Ratmalana carrying 48 civilians and 8 crew including two Ukrainian pilots went missing on September 29, 1998 over the northern seas.
It was believed that, the LTTE terrorists in a missile attack shot down the Antonov 26 over the Iranativu Island just ten minutes after it took off from Palaly.