The 'last-night-flight'- Security forces nail LTTE's rudimentary
cornered in a mere 87sq.km land patch in the Mullaittivu district the
psycho terror chief Prabakaran may have thought to showcase a stunt out
of his sleeves on Friday (Feb 20) in the Colombo skies pushing for a
turn of tables, drawing skeptical analysis from the 'Colombian elites'
and draconian media stooges, while simultaneously bluffing out the war
mongering diaspora community with an action package for consumption.
All, to his dismay ended in a failed note due to the resilience of a
combined effort from the Sri Lankan security forces.
The two LTTE improvised Czech manufactured Zlin-143
aircraft were brought down within an hour from its initial detection at
Puthukkudiyirippu around 8.40p.m., due to rapid and precision anti-air
gun fire. The two LTTE craft were making a desperate flee, losing sight
of the initially designated targets in total disarray under the flurry
of anti-air attacks. Well coordinated communication, early detection and
the preparedness of the forces paid off, denying LTTE what defence
observers viewed as an abortive attempt to disrupt the prevailing
normalcy in South, despite the continuation of military operations in
8.30 pm - First reports of a Tiger
aircraft on air emerges, through ground troops at
8.35pm - Troops in areas of Olumadu
and Mannar report of two suspicious aircraft.
8.40pm - First radar pickup of the
two aircraft by Air Force radar in Vavuniya
8.50pm - F-7 Interceptor jets of the
Air Force, air borne from Katunayake
9.00pm - Radars in Palavi locate the
two aircraft heading south
9.15pm - The two aircraft located in
the Meerigama area.
9.30pm - The two crafts flies past
Katunayake, by passing the general area of Katunayake
airport and Air Force base.
9.47pm - Enters Colombo air space
9.51 pm - One aircraft which is
crippled due to anti- aircraft fire, collides with the
Revenue building in Fort, and the
other flees back towards Katunayake area.
9.55pm - The remaining Czech built
zling- 143 aircraft enters Katunayake air space.
9.59 pm - Air Force gunners bring
down the Tiger aircraft, which is packed with over 210 kgs
of C- 4 high explosives, in a marshy land, near the Air
Force base in Katunayake.
In anticipation of air threat, the city of Colombo was
plunged into darkness as security forces made contingency manoeuvres
fortifying all vulnerable locations, with specially trained gunners
taking on positions awaiting the sight of enemy aircraft.
Prabakaran's waning of fortunes continue as the end
game for him and his outlaws have neared after three decades. According
to defence observers, the LTTE chief's, strategic calculations have gone
haywire with LTTE finally losing its stunt craft during a failed seventh
mission into the heart of Colombo. Sri Lankan security forces have made
it clear; 'no escape this time', a very prominent feature in the present
Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa speaking to local
media immediate to the destruction of the LTTE aircraft said, "We knew
the LTTE was planning an attack, the moment the aircraft were airborne
as troops in the area informed us of the air movement even before the
radars had picked them up. LTTE may have used a straight road in their
last stronghold for taking off as the outfit had lost all the airstrips
to the troops during the past few months. "The Tiger craft flew over
Mannar, Wilpattu and came to Colombo," he said adding that "it was their
"The troops would have captured the LTTE planes within
days and the LTTE had acted before they lost the craft on the ground."They would have lost the planes anyway," he was quoted further
Seconds before the LTTE aircraft
(No: 1) been hit by active air defence fire (No: 2) in
video footages obtained through SL Navy
surveillance cameras )
Though many LTTE sympathizers are seeing making
constant efforts to substitute the failed LTTE air mission to a
'Kamikaze type' attack it has now come to light as a 'sabotage
mission' that never prevailed. An LTTE craft was gunned down crashing
into the rear of the Inland Revenue Department, while the other fell
after its pilot lost total control under the flurry of anti-air attack
at Katunayake. An LTTE pilot was killed as a craft crashed into the
Inland Revenue building after catching fire with the activation of the
Colombo air defence systems damaging three storeys of the building and
injuring 45 others including two airmen. Two of the victims both
civilians succumbed to their injuries at the National Hospital. The
other pilot's body was recovered with burns in close proximity of the LTTE aircraft wreckage at Katunayake.
"It is interesting to note that terrorists have not
been able to release any of its improvised bombs despite nearly an hour
flight and what more, the planes were shot down on the retreat adding
more humiliation for the LTTE", a senior defence official said speaking
The security forces have put in the last nails on the
LTTE's rudimentary air capability as the Mullaittivu battles enter its
final phase during the next few days. LTTE terrorists are now in all
dire straits and this loss underscores the inevitable overall.
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