Light aircraft makes emergency landing in paddy field

Sri Lanka Air Force personnel inspecting the light aircraft which made an emergency landing in a paddy field in the Kimbulapitiya area in Katunayake yesterday afternoon. Picture courtesy SLAF Media
Sri Lanka Air Force personnel inspecting the light aircraft which made an emergency landing in a paddy field in the Kimbulapitiya area in Katunayake yesterday afternoon. Picture courtesy SLAF Media.

A light aircraft belonging to a private company made an emergency landing in a paddy field in a Kimbulapitiya area in Katunayake at around 2.00 pm yesterday due to engine failure, the Sri Lanka Air Force said.

Four individuals were on board at the time of the incident with one person sustaining injuries while others are not in a critical state. The injured have been admitted to the Negombo Hospital.

Sri Lanka Air Force Spokesperson Group Captain Dushan Wijesinghe told the Daily News that the ‘Cessna 172’ aircraft was flying from Sigiriya to Koggala when it requested permission from the Katunayake Airfield for an Emergency landing due to a technical failure.

“However, the aircraft had made an emergency landing in a paddy field in the Kimbulapitiya area,” he said.

“This aircraft also belongs to the same private company which made an emergency landing on the Payagala Beach on December 22,” he added. He further said that a Sri Lanka Air Force rescue team was sent to the scene.

Meanwhile, Flight operations of Sakurai Aviation Limited has been suspended with immediate effect until investigations are concluded, according to Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL) sources. This move comes following two emergency landings of two of their aircraft within the space of a few days.

Sakurai Aviation Limited operates a training academy and scenic flights for local and foreign tourists.

The flight operations of Sakurai Aviation was suspended after a flight carrying tourists made an emergency landing near Katunayake yesterday, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka. The two foreigners who were on the plane sustained injuries in the incident. – ada derana

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