SLAF helicopter hit by artillery fire in Ma'nalaa'ru

[TamilNet, Thursday, 31 July 2008, 08:10 GMT]
A Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) Bell 212 helicopter, which was airlifting wounded Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers from Ma'nalaa'ru (Ma'nalaa'ru) was hit by artillery fire on and was forced to make emergency landing at Anuradhapura SLAF base Tuesday evening, a well informed source in Anuradhapura said.

The helicopter was badly damaged and now grounded at Anuradhapura air base, according to the source.

Two Bell 212 helicopters were operated from Ma'nalaa'ru to Anuradhapura to bring the casualties. Only one Bell helicopter is now available to the SLA to transport the wounded soldiers from Ma'nalaa'ru.

Sri Lankan Air Force in Colombo declined to comment about the incident.


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