Sri Lanka crash lands spy plane

April 20, 2007 (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s air force said Friday it had lost an unmanned spy plane flying over the country’s embattled northeast close to Tamil Tiger territory. The Israeli-built Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) was lost somewhere over the northern edge of Trincomalee district, close to the Tamil rebel stronghold of Mullaitivu, Group Captain Ajantha Silva said.

“There was a malfunction and the (ground-based) pilots landed it somewhere between Pulmoddai and Kokkilai,” Silva said.
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“We are sending helicopters to the area to look for it.”

The Sri Lankan air force has lost at least three Israeli-built Drones, or spy planes, since 1997.

The latest loss came as the air force stepped up air attacks against suspected Tamil Tiger positions in the northeast of the island. .

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