Two Air Force jets collided with each other this morning killing one pilot.
Kfir fighter jets made an immense contribution to the air operations from 1996 in the decisive battle of routing terrorism. It was these fighter jets which smashed tiger strongholds during the last humanitarian operations surprising not only the entire country but also the world. The Kfir jets succeeded in launching the operations without suffering setback from missile. It was two such jets which were destroyed in a collision in the air today while rehearsing for an event for the Air Force anniversary celebrations.
The Air Force said Flight Lieutenant Mohan Perera had succumbed to his injuries following the crash. The services discharged by him during the humanitarian operations were outstanding. Born on 13th October 1982 in Galle, Mohan Perera was a past pupil of Mahinda College in Galle. He joined the Air Force on 8th January 2004. His targets succeeded in devastating several LTTE strongholds. Squadron leader Vajira Jayakody survived. He has been hospitalized. The two Kfir jets which crashed in the air had fallen on to the Kelligahamulla Junction and Udathutthiripitiya area along the Yakkala-Kirindiwela Road. Some houses were also damaged. Many thronged the crsh site to view the damaged fighter jets. Air Force media spokesman Group Captain Andrew Wijesuriya said a comprehensive investigation into the crash has already been launched.