Jan 12, Jaffna: The display of a wreckage of a passenger airplane that was shot down by the Tamil Tiger terrorist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) 16 years ago this weekend at the public park grounds in Jaffna drew a large crowd, reports from Jaffna said.
The debris of the ill-fated aircraft along with some recovered personal items of the passengers including a National Identity Card of a passenger, clothes, and shoes, were on display to the public on the 11th and 12th January.
Relatives of victims attended the display Saturday seeking to identify the items that were displayed under the supervision of a Judicial Medical Officer.
The ill-fated 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 Iranativu Island into the sea off the north-western coast.
The Wreckage was recovered last year by the Sri Lanka Navy divers on the information provided to the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) of police by a Tamil Tiger cadre who fired the missile to shoot down the plane.
According to the police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana items belonging to 17 victims have been identified.
The Judicial Medical Officer is expected to provide a detailed report on the wreckage and the items discovered at the site as well as the items identified by the relatives to the Attorney General.
The Lion Air debris will be on display today also from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.