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Civil Aviation Safety Performance

Sri Lanka

Under its Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme, the International Civil Aviation Organization conducted an onsite comprehensive system audit in 2010 to ascertain the degree of compliance of Sri Lanka in fulfilling the  of the State's obligations under the Convention on International Civil Aviation for the effective discharge of safety oversight. The Audit focused attention of eight Audit Areas viz, Legal Framework, Organizational arrangements, Training and Licensing of Personnel , Aircraft Operations, Airworthiness, Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigations, Air Traffic Services and Aerodromes. Pl click here to view the result ICAO Audit Result

During this Audit, ICAO examined the capacity of the State to perform the Safety Oversight functions, under eight Critical Areas viz. Legislation, Regulations, Organization, Skilled Personnel, Guidance Material, Certification, Surveillance and Enforcement. Pl click here to view ICAO Audit Result -Critical Areas


Year  No of accidents Fatalities  Remarks 
2004 1 0 Note 1
2005 2 2 Note 2
2006 0 0 -
2007 0 0 -
2008 0 0 -
2009 0 0 -
2010 0 0 -
2011 0 0 -
2012 0 0 -
2013 0 0 -
2014 0 0 -
2015 0 0 -
2016 0 0 -
2017 0 0 -

Note 1

  • On 4th February, 2004 at 2230hrs Local Time (1630UTC), IL-18 cargo aircraft registered in Republic of Kyrgyz as EX005 operated by Phoenix Aviation based in Sharjah UAE, landed on the grass patch parallel to runway 04 at Bandaranaike International Airport, and eventually coming to a stop on the runway. The landing caused heavy structural damages to Aircraft, rendering it beyond economical repair, and certain damages to the aerodrome equipment. There were four cockpit crew and three ground crew onboard, and no injuries reported.

Note 2

  • On 08th September 2005 at 1353 hrs local time (07.53 UTC), B 747- 368 passenger aircraft registered in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as HZ-AIP owned and operated by Saudi Arabian Airlines was taxing for Runway 22 for the scheduled flight from BIA Colombo to Jeddah via Riyadh. While the aircraft was taxing on parallel taxiway towards Runway 22, the Captain was informed of a bomb threat to his aircraft by the Air Traffic Controller. Aircraft taxied to the isolated parking position and passengers were evacuated through slides. Few passengers were injured in the evacuation process and one female passenger succumbed to her injuries later. There was no significant disruption to airport operations due to the accident.
  • The accident occurred at 0450 UTC on 16th October 2005 at Bandaranaike International Airport, Colombo, Sri Lanka. The SriLankan Airlines flight UL 316, 4R-ALA which arrived from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia was parked at Parking Bay A18 and the disembarkation of passengers had been in progress. A ground vehicle which was approaching the aircraft for maintenance collided with the stepladder positioned at L4 door shifting the ladder away from the aircraft. Consequently one passenger who was disembarking the aircraft fell between the displaced ladder and the aircraft, who later succumbed to injuries. A few others who were on the stepladder were also injured due to this accident.         

Year  No of Serious Incidents Remarks 
2004  0 -
2005 0 -
2006 1 Note 1
2007 1 0
2008 0 -
2009 0 -
2010 0 -
2011 0 -
2012 0 -
2013 1 Note 3
2014 0 -
2015 0 -
2016 0 -
2017 0 -


  • On 02nd December 2006, Aero Lanka flight RNL 106, British Aerospace HS748, registration 4R-SER, was on a scheduled passenger flight returning from KKS (Palaly- Jaffna) to Colombo Airport, Ratmalana and was making a visual approach on runway 22 at dusk in good weather conditions with a reported surface wind of 0300/10 kts gusting occasionally to 15 kts at the time of landing. The crew had completed the landing checklist and discussed the approach to runway 22. The aircraft touched down almost two thirds of the way down the runway (passing the Control Tower) and overran the 04 end of the runway.


  • On 15th October 2007, 2113 UTC, a ground collision occurred when SriLankan Airlines aircraft A340-311, bearing registration 4R-ADC, attempted to pass a British Airways aircraft Boeing 747-436, G-BNLL that was stationary on an adjoining taxiway, at night at London Heathrow Airport, United Kingdom.  


  • On 02nd July 2013 SriLankan Airlines flight UL 266 bearing registration 4R-ADA departed at 20:45 UTC from King Khalid International Airport, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Bandaranaike International Airport, Colombo, Sri Lanka. On approach to BIA the flight crew conducted a practice auto landing on runway 22 with good visibility condition better than what was required for an actual auto land. During the said auto land maneuverer, aircraft experienced a high sink rate during the flare, followed by a hard landing and a tail strike.

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