The Mihin Air budget airline had just departed the Bandaranaika International Airport and was heading to Jakarta when the fire was reported in the plane.
The aircraft then made a u-turn and returned to Colombo and made an emergency landing at the international airport.
Meanwhile Mihin Lanka said that its operations were not disrupted as a result of the fire and its flights were operating as scheduled.
“On initial and preliminary investigation it was determined that no damage or indication of a smoke was found in the cargo area concerned. As such, at this point of time it is the opinion of the investigation team that the smoke indication was a false warning,” Mihin Lanka said.
The airline is the only budget airline in Sri Lanka and is owned by the Sri Lankan government which also operates the national carrier Sri Lankan Airlines.
Mihin Air flies mostly to Asian destinations as well as to the Middle East. (Colombo Gazette)