Lion air wreckage to be salvaged this week

The wreckage of the Lion Air passenger flight shot down by the LTTE in 1998 killing 48 passengers and 7 crew members, is to be salvaged this week, the Defence Ministry said.

The wreckage wa found earlier this month based on information provided by an LTTE cadre. A Navy diving team located the wreckage on the sea bed off Iranativu Island. The Navy team located two aircraft wings, three tyres, air craft engine and the front part of fuselage.

The passenger plane went missing soon after takeoff from Jaffna on 29 September 1998 and was not found since.

The suspect in custody had identified the person who ordered the aircraft shot down as one Gadafi, a close associate of LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran. Gadafi was killed during the final phase of fighting on the Vanni east front in early 2009. (Colombo Gazette)