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29-May-17 SMH-589 Mil Mi-17 Baddegama, Sri Lanka

While involved in flood relief support, helicopter landed in a residential garden, with the boom breaking off against the roof of the house. Registration validated by photo on this page None of the 11 POB injured.  Helicopter substantially damaged

29-May-17

27-May-17 Mil Mi-17 Neluwa, Sri Lanka

37-year- old SLAF airman, YMS Yaparathna, fall off a helicopter while conducting a rescue operation, along with the two individuals he was rescuing.  All three were injured when they fell, and were admitted to the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital where the airman later died of his injuries.  He was posthumously promoted from Flight Sergeant to the… Read more »

27-May-17

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Sri Lanka deploys unit under UN Mission in Central African Republic

Sri Lanka deploys unit under UN Mission in Central African Republic

The Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) is due to deploy an Aviation Unit under the United Nations Multidimensional Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic(MINUSCA) which has been established under chapter vi to viii of United Nations (UN) Security Council resolution 2149 (2014). This is the first ever aircraft deployment by Sri Lanka and SLAF… Read more »

Source: SLAF, 12-Sep-14

07-Jun-13 Bell 412 Katupotha, Sri Lanka

Precautionary landing, reportedly with Air Force Commander Air Marshal Harsha Abeywickrama on board

07-Jun-13

Bell delivers two 412s to Sri Lanka Air Force

Bell delivers two 412s to Sri Lanka Air Force

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today it delivered two Bell 412s to the Sri Lanka Air Force during a ceremony at its facility in Piney Flats, Tennessee. “We’ve had a strong partnership with the Sri Lanka Air Force for more than 40 years,” said Larry D. Roberts, senior vice president for… Read more »

Source: Bell, 02-Dec-11

Sri Lanka to purchase 14 Mi-17s?

Sri Lanka to purchase 14 Mi-17s?

Reports from local website TamilNet suggests that Sri Lanka is negotiating to purchase 14 military spec Mi-17s, with a 43-strong delegation visiting Russia to negotiate the deal in June 2011.  The helicopters are to be built at the Ulan-Ude Aviation Works factory.  A defence analyst expressed surprise at the size of the order, given the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Aug-11

Sri Lankan Air Force to buy two more Bell 412s?

Sri Lankan Air Force to buy two more Bell 412s?

Local sources in the capital Colombo are reporting that that Sri Lankan Air Force are to buy two Bell 412s.  The report states that representatives are already with Bell in Texas discussing details of the acquisition. The SLAF already operates eight Bell 412s.  Unusually, the Air Force also operates pseudo civil flights under the operating… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Aug-11

Sri Lanka Air Force offers flood-beating helicopter service

Sri Lanka Air Force offers flood-beating helicopter service

The Sri Lankan Air Force has agreed to provide a helicopter service to get people to and from the airport, following recent flooding in the region.  The SLAF has for a long time operated a commercial arm under the name of Helitours, albeit with the helicopters retained in military colours and with military serials.  HeliHub.com… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-May-10

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