Yesterday night around 9.30 power went off. I assumed that something going to happen in the sky. In couple of minutes after I got a News Alert on my Dialog mobile, this confirmed a possible LTTE Aircraft thread.
Suddenly SL Army started to fire tracer bullets in the sky and everywhere people went inside the home but I came outside to see what’s going on in the sky. I didn’t hear any noise of LTTE planes but I saw a bright yellow color light followed by a thunder like noise.
Later power came back and government claimed that they’ve shot down one light air craft of LTTE. While cleaning up the Inland Revenue office in Colombo, AF found parts similar to LTTE’s aircraft which confirms that the second LTTE craft also down.
Today morning Tamil net says “The LTTE Friday claimed two aircraft of Black Air Tiger mission diving into Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) Headquarters in Colombo and into the SLAF base at Katunayaka, carrying out successful air raids. The Tigers also released photograph of the two Black Air Tigers, Col. Roopan and Lt. Col. Siriththiran with LTTE leader Velupillai Pirapaharan before embarking on their mission.”
But the defence.lk says “The latest reports indicate that both LTTE aircraft entered into the Colombo aerospace were destroyed by the air defence system. One of the aircraft disabled by anti air gunfire reportedly crashed in the rear of the Inland Revenue Department building located on the Sir C.A. Gardiner road.”
I was reading a defense analysis on a site and that site was saying it’s difficult for LTTE to keep their planes as their territory becoming small and small. Even if Aircraft manage to get back to Wanni, it’ll be tedious task for them to land securely as radars and SLAF fighter jets can track them down.
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