Probe continues into emergency landing of aircraft

Aircraft involved in emergency landing moved to Ratmalana for investigation

by Zulfick Farzan 29-12-2021 | 2:03 PM

COLOMBO (News 1st); Sri Lanka's Director General of Civil Aviation Capt. Themiya Abeywickrama on Wednesday (29) said that the private aircraft that made an emergency landing in Kimbulapitiya was moved to the Ratmalana Airport for investigations.

On the 27th of December 2021, the light aircraft with two pilots and two foreign nationals made an emergency landing in Kimbulapitiya.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the Cessna C-172 aircraft with registration number 4R - GAF had encountered an issue when traveling from the Sigiriya Airport to the Koggala Airport.

The emergency landing was made in Kibulapitiya, when the pilot attempted to land at the Katunayake International Airport.

The CAA said that its investigators commenced an investigation immediately after it was reported that the light aircraft made an emergency landing and they are recording evidence to determine if the incident was caused by a technical issue or some other issue.

Capt. Themiya Abeywickrama noted that a committee led by Deputy Director General (Aeronautical Service Regulation) Saman Gunawardena will be heading this investigation.

In addition, a committee was also appointed to investigate the emergency landing of a Cessna C-152 light aircraft in Payagala on the 22nd of December.

This aircraft made an emergency landing when it was traveling to Katukurunda on a training mission.

Capt. Themiya Abeywickrama noted that as per the provisions of the Civil Aviation Act, all flight operations of the company that owned both the aircraft were suspended, pending investigations.