Plane crash AN-12B near Colombo Airport. 2000
Plane crash AN-12B near Colombo Airport. 2000

Plane crash AN-12B airlines Antey (leased by Sri Lankan Airlines) near Colombo Airport

  • Date of the crash: November 24.03.2000, XNUMX

  • Time of the crash: 18:04

  • Country of the crash: Sri Lanka

  • Location of the crash: Kadirana

  • aircraft Brand: An-12B

  • Registration of aircraft: RA11302

  • Name of air carrier: Sky Cabs

Chronology of events:

The plane with the crew of the Russian airline Antey leased to the Sri Lankan airline SkyCabs. The crew on the day of the incident took off at Bandaranaike Airport (Colombo) at 01: 40 local time. The flight to Bangkok’s Don Muang Airport and the landing took place without deviation. The parking time in Bangkok was 4 hours 20 minutes. K 8300 kg of fuel that remained on board refueled still 6681kg. Therefore, on board before starting the engine was 14981 kg of fuel. The weight of the clothes and cargo was 18 tons. The flight back to Colombo was conducted by the same crew. They received a weather forecast at the destination airport, which did not contain information about dangerous weather phenomena. The estimated flight time was 5 hours 20 minutes. 

The crew in 16: 16 switched to the Colombo ATC connection and received information about the actual weather at the Colombo airport. Dispatcher in 16: 40 reported a storm warning, valid up to 14: 15 in the Colombo ATC area. It provided for thunderstorms. He instructed him to contact the dispatcher of the approach, which the crew requested removal and allowed the reduction and approach to the 04 lane. With a sharp deterioration in weather conditions (rainfall, thunderstorms, great turbulence), coupled with the fact that the crew was tired, two approaches to the landing on the course system on the 04 were unsuccessful. The crew began to produce the third approach for landing, this time by the reverse course (to the strip 22). During this approach, in difficult weather conditions, at the point of the fourth turn, a spontaneous stop of all engines and the fading of propellers occurred. The plane in 18: 04 began in a gentle decline to touch the tops of coconut palms, then collided with land in 2,2 km to the north-north-west of the airport in the populated area and collapsed completely. There was no fire. The 2 crew member was seriously injured. By plane, several cars and two houses were destroyed.

Data on victims:

  • Total on board were people 8: 7 1 crew members and passengers. On the ground was 3 people. Total killed 9 people: 5 crew members, passengers and 1 3 people on earth.

Details of the crash:

  • Phase of flight: approach

Data on the plane:

  • aircraft Brand: An-12B

  • Aircraft ID: RA11302

  • Country where registered aircraft: Russia

  • Date of manufacture of the aircraft: 21.12.1968

  • Serial number of the aircraft :: 8346004

  • Hours aircraft: 7241

  • The cycles of use of the aircraft: 4651

Flight data:

  • Tour type: Cargo

  • Aviation Company: Sky Cabs

  • The country, which was registered aviation company: Sri Lanka

  • Flying from Bangkok

  • I flew to Colombo

  • Original Location: Bangkok

  • A final point: Colombo


During the investigation, the Commission found:

- Arbitrary shutdown of all four engines in flight took place due to running out of fuel. The number of filled fuel made it impossible in which case leave the planned alternate airport;

- Having regard to flight documentation, much of the flight crew that made with the remnants of fuel, which did not provide care to the alternate aerodrome, as the refueling and loading aircraft preference was loaded at the expense of fuel filling, does not correspond to the requirements of systematic RLE;

- Coating of the crew a month before the crash was 146 hours, almost 2 times more sanitary standards (76 hours).