Monday, February 13, 2012

MiG fighter jet crashes in Sri Lanka

A Russian-built MiG-27 fighter jet of Sri Lankan Air Force Monday crashed during a training exercise but there was no casualty.

Colombo - A Sri Lankan Air Force MiG 27 crashed into a coconut plantation in north-western Sri Lanka Monday, after its pilot managed to eject and landed safely, an official said.

A technical failure occurred during a training mission over the town of Dummalasuriya, 60 kilometres north of the capital, the Air Force spokesman said.

The jets, which were extensively deployed against Tamil rebels in northern Sri Lanka which ended in May 2009, are currently used by the military only for training exercises

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