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Lionair Flight 602

Lionair Flight 602
An Antonov AN-24RV similar to the one involved.
Occurrence summary
Date 29 September 1998
Summary Under investigation (Possible LTTE attack)
Site off the cost of Mannar District, Sri Lanka
Passengers 48
Crew 7
Fatalities 55
Survivors 0
Aircraft type Antonov An-24RV
Operator Lionair
Registration EW-46465
Flight origin Kankesanturai Airport, Jaffna, Sri Lanka
Destination Ratmalana Airport, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Lionair Flight 602 was a Lionair Antonov An-24RV which fell into the sea off the north-western coast of Sri Lanka. The aircraft departed Kankesanturai Airport with several high-ranking military officials of the Sri Lankan Army on a flight to Colombo and disappeared from radar screens just after the pilot had reported depressurization. Initial reports indicated that the plane had been shot down by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebels using MANPADS. All 7 crew and 48 passengers were killed.[1] Following the downing of Flight LN 602 all civil aviation between Colombo and Jaffna was suspended for many months by the Civil Aviation Authority.[2] At the time of the crash, it was the 3rd deadliest crash involving an Antonov An-24, currently the 4th.


  • Aircraft and crew 1
  • Pre-crash warnings 2
  • Discovery of the wreckage 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5

Aircraft and crew

The Antonov AN-24 was leased from Gomelavia to operate flight 602, captained by highly experienced Belarusian pilot Matochko Anatoli. The aircraft went missing exactly ten minutes after take off from Jaffna Airport. The Belarusian crew consisted of Lysaivanov Siarhei (co-pilot), Kozlov Sergei (navigator) and Anapryienka Siarhei (flight engineer). The Lion Air cabin crew were Dharshini Gunasekera (chief stewardess) and Chrishan Nelson (steward) and Vijitha (labourer).[1]

Pre-crash warnings

The first signs of an Jaffna. The letter from 'Tamil Eelam Administrative Service' said they had warned the Airline earlier for carrying military personnel and if it continued to ignore the warning, it would be attacked after 14 September. The airline rejected the warning, claiming that the letter had been sent by a business rival. The Sunday Times 'Air Investigation Desk' learns that Lion Air on its own tried to verify the authenticity of the letter, but could not.The airline office in Jaffna was closed four days before the plane was attacked after another warning was given to it.

Discovery of the wreckage

On October 2012 the wreckage of a plane which believed to be the disintegrated parts of the missing

  1. ^ a b Criminal Occurrence description at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 23 November 2006.
  2. ^ More than ever, Eelam seems a reality now, by Major General Ashok K Mehta
  3. ^


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