'Compression problem' caused crash - paper

[TamilNet, Monday, 05 October 1998, 19:07 GMT]
A 'compression problem' caused the ill-fated Lion Air flight from Jaffna to crash off the Mannar coast said the Sunday Times weekly, quoting Sri Lankan Air Force sources.

Air Force sources told The Sunday Times yesterday the last message from the Russian pilot of Lion Air flight 602 had been that the plane had developed a compression problem.

"Air Force experts said a compression problem could have developed due to a technical defect, but sabotage could not be ruled out," said the paper.

The Sunday Times also said that the Sri Lankan MoD had given permission for a private diving firm to launch a full-scale rescue operation.

"Escorted by representatives of the International Red Cross (ICRC) the team of divers left yesterday for Iranaitivu, north of Mannar, the general area where Lion Air's AN-24 plane crashed" said the paper.

Iranaitivu is an island off the Mannar coast.

Seven experts sent by the AN-24 manufacturing company in Ukraine were flying out to join the local divers in the rescue effort said the paper, quoting Lion Air officials.

 

Latest 15 Reports
16.01.21 11:03  
Tamil national parties demand UN to inquire into crime of genocide and set up IIIM
09.01.21 09:37   Photo
Demolition of Tamil genocide monument, fourth emblematic trauma since 1974: Rev Fr Sakthivel
08.01.21 23:51   Photo
Colombo destroys Mu'l'livaaykkaal memorial monument at Jaffna University
07.01.21 11:22   Photo
With emphasis on genocide, Suresh calls for ICC-referral, IIIM and referendum
07.01.21 00:04   Photo
Boyle prefers IIIM demand over ICC-referral, says specific reference to genocide essential
06.01.21 14:26  
Indian Minister of External Affairs Jaishankar trades off Tamils’ sovereign rights
05.01.21 07:08  
TNPF's reluctance, NGO-meddling pose challenges to formulating joint Tamil demands to UN: Shivaji
06.12.20 15:44   Photo
Colombo’s brutal suppression of Tamil Heroes’ Day counter-productive to stated objectives: Tamil MP
27.11.20 16:44   Photo
Occupied Tamil Eelam marks Heroes' Day indoors, SL military detains seminary principal
16.11.20 18:45  
China launches world’s biggest regional trade agreement without Indian participation
31.10.20 10:58  
Tamils risk Kashmir-like status revocation if Gota continues Trinco military cooperation with US
06.10.20 11:40  
Poet Pulamaipithan who championed Tamil Eelam solidarity in Tamil Nadu turns 85
28.09.20 23:19   Photo
Muslims join Tamils opposing Colombo's suppression of Thileepan Remembrance in North
27.09.20 12:05   Photo
Tamils unify to mark Thileepan Remembrance, brave Colombo's suppression of memorialisation
26.09.20 09:10   Photo
Commemorating sacrifices of Tamil struggle is an inalienable right, not a subject for ‘SL permission’
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=2133