Plane Crash Five on Board




A spokesman says a Sri Lankan air force plane has crashed with five crew members onboard outside the capital.

Air force spokesman Gihan Seneviratne says that the plane has crashed early Friday in Authrugiriya just outside capital Colombo due to fog.

There was no immediate word on the fate of the five crew members.

Seneviratne says the plane was flying between two airports near Colombo and the pilot had reported difficulty in locating his landing strip.

The Air Force Antanov 32 aircraft had gone missing from the radar this morning after taking off from the Katunayake airport.

The plane  was on its way to Ratmalana and crashed in the Athurugiriya area in a rubber estate after hitting the roof of at least one house.

Residents said that there was thick fog over the area where the plane had crashed.

The Air Force said that the pilots had last reported the inability to clearly see the Ratmalana air strip before it crashed.

Police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said that a major fire was reported in the area after the crash. He said that the four people were confirmed killed and one person sustained serious injuries and was admitted to hospital.

The fire was brought under control by the fire brigade and area residents

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