Airplane Crash - Near Katunayake, Sri Lanka 11/15/1978

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Near Katunayake, Sri Lanka


Date11/15/1978
Time23:30
LocationNear Katunayake, Sri Lanka
OperatorLoftleidir IcelandiAirlines
RouteJeddah - Colombo
TypeMcDonnell Douglas DC-8-Super 63CF
RegistrationTF-FLA
Cn/In46020/415
Aboard262
Fatalities183
Ground0
SummaryThe aircraft crashed short of the runway into a coconut plantation while attempting to land in heavy rain. Windshear. Excessive sink rate. Crew's non-conformance with approach procedures. Incorrect information supplied by the radar controller. Lack of an approach lighting system at Bandaranaike.

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