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Accident description
Last updated: 18 October 2017
Status:Preliminary
Date:Thursday 15 August 2002
Time:ca 12:35
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN12 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Shaanxi Yunshuji Y-8B
Operator:Sri Lanka Air Force
Registration: CR873
C/n / msn: 070802
First flight:
Engines: 4 Zhuzhou WJ6
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Kadjuduwa Watta (   Sri Lanka)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Colombo-Ratmalana Airport (RML/VCCC), Sri Lanka
Destination airport:Colombo-Ratmalana Airport (RML/VCCC), Sri Lanka
Narrative:
The Chinese built Y-8 transport plane taken off from the Ratmalana Airport at 12:25 pm on a test flight because one the engines had been changed. Ten minutes later the crew radioed that the flight had developed engine trouble. They tried to return, but the plane crashed into a paddy field and caught fire.
Reportedly one engine (not the one that had been replaced) caught fire and broke away from the plane.

Sources:
» Daily Mirror
» Thomas Brügge


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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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