Dec 14, Colombo: A team of Russian experts is scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka today to investigate crash of the Sri Lankan Air Force plane yesterday in Athurugiriya.
Air Force spokesman Wing Commander Gihan Seneviratne said a team from the same company that repaired the plane last time will arrive to investigate the crash.
The Ukraine-made Antonov-32 with five people, all Air Force personnel, on board went down into a coconut grove Friday early morning in foggy weather.
The crash killed the pilot, co-pilot and two other Air Force officers. A fifth person survived the crash with severe burn injuries.
Air Force spokesman said the Russian team will support the investigations conducted by the Air Force.
The debris of the aircraft has been cleared from the crash site and the Air Force plans to decode the Black Box data, the spokesman said. He said if they cannot decode the Black Box recorder, the Air Force will get an expert from Ukraine for the task.
Meanwhile, reconstruction of the two houses that were damaged at the crash site is underway now, Wing Commander Gihan Seneviratne said. He said the Air Force has decided to pay compensation for the damaged houses and assessments have been made.
The raw materials needed for reconstruction of the houses had already been delivered and renovations will begin immediately.
He urged the people on the ground affected by the crash to lodge a complaint to the nearest police station if a property has been damaged due to the crash.
( ColomboPage )