Times distorts facts to mislead readers on aircraft damaged in
"He could hoodwink readers but not his own
The Defence Ministry responds to an article that
appeared on The Sunday Times on 04th November 2007, falsely reporting
that five Chinese built K-8 aircraft of the SLAF were damaged during the
The "Defence Analyst" of The Sunday Times states, "The
Sunday Times stands by its statement that one K-8 was destroyed outside
the hangar and that five others were damaged inside the hangar". A
picture was also shown as one of the said K-8's damaged inside the
hangar, which appears to be a selective attempt to mislead readers,
while distorting facts to create doubts in the public mind. The attempt
to show that five K-8 aircraft were damaged inside the hangar is a
complete distortion of the truth.
The picture reproduced from The Sunday Times along
with the caption is shown below. The aircraft that is shown is a Chinese
built Nanchan CJ-6 pilot training aircraft, which is not a K-8 as the
'Situation Report' "Defence Analyst" states either in his ignorance or
attempt at credibility through misreporting. This is something the
writer could have verified easily either from the SLAF, or any other
person or source more familiar with aircraft.
In keeping with the principle that the public has the
public right to known the truth; we have clearly explained the actual
images below. However, some comment is necessary in view of what we see
as an attempt to mislead the public about the actual losses at
Anuradhapura, seeking to contradict the report of losses announced by
the Air Force.
This wrong report, sought to be substantiated by
photographic evidence, can reasonably be seen by others as an attempt by
the "Defence Analyst", to instill doubts in the mind of the public that,
the security forces and the government are unnecessarily concealing
There is no doubt that all defence correspondents
address issues of vital public importance, but it is unbecoming of a "Defence
Analyst", to present distorted information for public consumption.
"The people of Sri Lanka, including readers of The
Sunday Times, are discerning enough to understand what the truth is, and
what fiction is" - states the "Defence Analyst". While welcoming his
statement we request all interested parties to go through the
information given in this column so they may find out the truth from
fiction, especially about aircraft destroyed and damaged at Anuradhapura.
The so-called "Defence Analyst", may continue
distorting the truth and we would always respond by placing the facts
before the public. In exposing attempts to mislead the public we would
not hesitate to call a spade, a spade.
This is a Chinese built K-8 intermediate
pilot trainer aircraft, used in the SL Air force training
squadron. The SL Air Force stands by its' reports that only 01 K-8
trainer was destroyed during the A'Pura attack.
"The Sunday Times" reports: A damaged Chinese built K-8 intermediate
trainer aircraft inside the SLAF hangar at Anuradhapura. Note the
glass canopy is warped due to the heat from fire. The nose and the
wings are damaged. This is just one of five K-8 aircraft that were
inside the hangar. (Situation Report - 04.11.2007)
This is a similar type aircraft shown in
'The Sunday Times' Situation Report (04.11.2007), which is actually a Chinese
built 'Nanchan CJ-6', basic pilot trainer in the SLAF. 03
similar type air craft were destroyed in the Anuradhapura attack.
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