Online Reporting System for Mandatory and Voluntary Occurrences
Past Accident & Incident Reports
|Nature of Occurrence
|04th Dec. 1974
|Maskeliya, Sri Lanka
|Aircraft collided with rising terrain as the crew descended the aircraft below safe altitude owing to incorrect identification of their position vis-a vis the airport
|Report on the Accident in to Martinair DC-8, PH-MBH on 4th December 1974 at Theberton Estate, Maskeliya, SriLanka
|15th Nov. 1978
|Vicinity of the Bandaranayake International Airport, Katunayake, Sri Lanka
|Loftleider Icelandic Airways
|Collision with rising terrain caused an accident into Loftleider Icelandic
|Report of Accident into Loftleider Icelandic Airways airraft DC-8-63F, TF-FLA on 15th November 1978 at Katunayake, Sri Lanka
|17th April 1998
|Colombo TMA on ATS Route G-465
|A320 and DH-8
|Near Miss incident between Airbus A320 out bound to Maldives on the climb and DH-8 inbound to Colombo descending from flight level 230
|Final Report - ATC near miss incident on 17th April 1998
|24th March 2000
|Kadirana, Negombo, Sri Lanka
|Accident to Sky Cabs flight AN-12 due to fuel exhaustion while attempting to land at the destination
|Final report of accident into Sky Cabs AN-12 aircraft, RA-11302 on 24th March 2000 at Kadirana, Negombo, Sri Lanka
|11th April 2001
|Bandaranayake International Airport, Katunayake, Sri Lanka
|Sri Lankan Airlines
|Smoke ingestion into the cabin which resulted emergency evacuation
|Final report of Emergency Evacuation on SriLankan Airlines flight UL 557, A330, 4R-ALD on 11th April 2001 at Bandaranayake International Airport, Katunayake, Sri Lanka
|08th Sept. 2005
|Bandaranayake International Airport,Katunayake, Sri Lanka
|Saudi Arabian Airlines
|Emergency evacuation after being alarmed by the bomb threat lead to an accident
|Final report on Accident of Saudi Air Flight SV781, Boeing B747-368, registration HZ-AIP on 08th Sept. 2005 at Bandaranayake International Airport, Katunayake, Sri Lanka
|16th Oct. 2005
|Bandaranayake International Aircraft, Katunayake, Sri Lanka
|Sri Lankan Airlines
|Collision between maintenance platform vehicle and stepladder during disembarkation, caused a passenger to fall through the gap created
|Final report on Accident of SriLankan Airlines Flight UL316 Airbus A330-243, 4R-ALA on 16th Octomber 2005 at Bandaranayake International Airport Katunayake, Sri Lanka
|02nd Dec. 2006
|Colombo Airport, Ratmalana, Sri Lanka
|Aircraft overran the threshold of runway
|Final report on Serious Incident of Aero Lanka flight RNL 106, HS 748 series 2B, registration 4R-SER 02nd Decemper 2006 at Colombo Airport, Ratmalana, Sri Lanka
|01st June 2007
|Bandaranayake International Airport, Colombo
|In the pre-departure maintenance check, while replacing deflated nose wheel tyre, the aircraft nose wheel Jack pedestal depressed into the concreted parking floor by shifting the aircraft slightly towards the right hand
|Incident of Srilankan Airlines Flight UL163 A320-211, Registration 4R-ABF on 01st June 2007 at Bandaranayake International Airport, Colombo, Sri Lanka
|05th June 2007
|Colombo Airport, Ratmalana, Sri Lanka
|Incident due to aircraft landed on runway without extending landing gears
|Final report on Incident of SriLankan Airlines flight UL 5302, DHC-3T, Registration 4R-ARB on 05th June 2007 at Colombo Airport, Ratmalana, Sri Lanka
|15th October 2007
|London Heathrow Airport, United Kingdom
|A ground collision occurred when Airbus A340-311 attempted to pass the Boeing B 747-436 that was stationary on an adjoining taxiway, at night
|Final report on Serious Incident to Boeing 747-436, Airbus A340 4R-ADC, at London Heathrow Airport on 15 October 2007. This investigation conducted & report issued by AAIB, United Kingdom
|13th Oct. 2008
|Chennai International Airport, India
|Aircraft port outboard wheels overran the runway edge lights at Chennai International Airport India
|Final report on Incident of SriLankan Airlines flight UL121 Airbus A330, 4R-ALC on 13th October 2008 at Chennai International Airport India
|21st February 2008
|Colombo Airport, Ratmalana
|Incident of aircraft return back due to engine fire warning
|Final report on Incident of Expo Aviation flight EXV 711, F-27, Registration 4R-MRA on 21st February 2008 at colombo Airport, Ratmalana, Sri Lanka
|05th Feb 2012
|London Heathrow Airport
|The aircraft started its takeoff from a runway intersection for which no regulated takeoff weight chart was available in the aircraft. The pilots calculated performance using a chart for a different runway which did not consider obstacles relevant to the runway in use. The takeoff and subsequent flight were completed without further incident
|Final Report on SLA incident(very low T/O), A340, 4R-ADG on 05th Feb 2012 at London Heathrow Airport, United Kingdom
|14th June 2014
|Paragasthota, Milleniya, Sri Lanka
|Detachment of a wheel during flight
|Final Report on Incident Millennium Airlines Pvt Ltd, Cessna 152, 4R-DJD on 14th June 2014
|01st May 2015
|En-route to Colombo(Flight from Sharjah to Colombo)
|First Officer failed to enter into the flight deck due to PIC not responding to the door call bell
|Incident of Mihin Lanka Flight MJ408 (SHJ-CMB), Airbus A321, bearing registration 4R-MRC on 01st May 2015
|08th Oct 2014
|En-route to Colombo(TRZ to CMB)
|The flight UL 134 returned to base(TRZ) due to a technical reason
|Incident of SriLankan Airlines Flight UL134, Airbus Industrie A320-200, bearing registration 4R-ABL at Tiruchirappalli International Airport, India on 08th Oct 2014
|29th September 1998
|Mannar, Sri Lanka
|Gomelavia, operated for Lionair Ltd
|The act of unlawful conduct on Lionair flight
|Re-opened accident investigation report of Lion Air Flight LN 602, EW 464665
|02nd July 2013
|Bandaranaike International Airport,Katunayake,Sri Lanka
|On 02nd July 2013, SriLankan Airlines flight UL266, Airbus A340, registration 4R-ADA departed from RUH to CMB and touched down on VCBI runway 22 at 0215 UTC encountering a hard landing and a tail strike.
|Serious Incident of SriLankan Airlines flight UL 266, A340-311, bearing registration 4R-ADA at Bandaranaike International Airport, Colombo, Sri Lanka on 02nd July 2013
|21st March 2019
|Changi International Airport, Singapore.
|Sri Lankan Airlines
|Sri Lankan Airlines aircraft Airbus A320, 4R-ABN, operated from Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport, Sri Lanka to Changi International Airport, Singapore, had veered momentarily off the right edge of the runway after landing on Runway 02L at Singapore Changi Airport
|Final Report - Airbus A320, Registration 4R-ABN Damage to Runway Edge Lights on Landing - 21 March 2019
|23rd January 2021
|Bandaranaike International Airport,Katunayake,Sri Lanka
|SriLankan Airlines aircraft 4R-ALP, flight UL 1430 which was scheduled to operate as a cargo flight from Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake, Sri Lanka (VCBI) to Changi International Airport, Singapore (WSSS). Just before pushback, the L1 door was opened from inside the aircraft and subsequently the slide pack fell onto the passenger step.
|Final Report - Inadvertent slide deployment incident of SriLankan Airlines Flight UL1430, Airbus Industries A330-300, bearing registration 4R-ALP at parking Bay C21 at Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake on 23rd Jan 2021
|02nd Dec 2020
|at Flight level 360, in Indian air space
|At FL 360, the aircraft had experienced NAV ADR disagree and Flight Alternate Law reversion. The ECAM actions were carried out by the flight crew. They had contacted Indian ATC to inform of their inability to maintain RVSM and to obtain weather information in Colombo and Chennai. Due to heavy rain in Colombo and the multiple failure status of the aircraft, the Pilot in Command decided to divert to Chennai International Airport (VOMM), India.
|Serious Incident of SriLankan Airlines, Flight UL190, Airbus Industries A321-251, bearing registration 4R-AND from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka, Bangladesh (VGHS) to Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake, Sri Lanka (VCBI) diverted to VOMM on 02nd Dec 2020.
|21st March 2021
At about 03:10 UTC in cruise, AP 2 had disconnected with the master warning sounding. The aircraft, started to descend below the selected FCU altitude. A few seconds later AP 1 was engaged and the aircraft was still in a descent. Subsequently, AP 1 also disengaged and the master warning was triggered. Few seconds later AP 2 engaged. The aircraft lost altitude and descended approx. 1540ft at a rate of 5700ft/min on the VSI (Vertical Speed Indicator). Then AP2 was re-engaged in open climb mode and the aircraft commenced climb to FL 390.
|Incident of SriLankan Airlines Flight UL606, Airbus Industries A330343, bearing registration 4R-ALR from Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake, Sri Lanka to Kingsford Smith International Airport, Sydney, Australia at FL390 over Indian Ocean at coordinates -7.823044,101.449898 on 21st March 2021
|6th May 2022
|Oceanic Control Airspace in Colombo FIR
|When passing position ELATI on route N640 (westbound) within Colombo Oceanic Control Sector, a request was made by one Qatar Airways flight, (QTR54C) which was maintaining FL 300, to climb FL340. This level request was granted and the aircraft was cleared to climb FL340, through the level of the other Qatar Airways flight (QTR34U) at FL320. The clearance for level change for QTR54C was given when there was less than the required standard separation between both aircraft.
|ATC incident between Qatar Airways Flights QTR 34U, Boeing B777- 300ER, A7-BAH and QTR 54C, Boeing B777- 300, A7-BAC within Colombo Oceanic Control Area, passing position ELATI on route N640 (westbound)
on 06th May 2022
|22nd Dec 2021
|Payagala Beach, Kaluthara
|Sakurai Aviation Academy
Piper PA 38- 112 aircraft bearing registration number 4R-ASJ, had departed approx. at 1305hrs (LT) on 22nd December 2021 for a solo training cross country navigation flight to Dondra. The flight was planned to overfly Dondra at 3500ft and to carry out “touch and go” with circuits at VCCK and VCCN and to operate within 05NM to 15NM south of VCCC and to carryout circuits.
The VCCC Control Tower had cleared the flight to proceed to Dondra at 1500ft. When the aircraft was passing the “Kalu Ganga” (River), ATC control had transferred to the VCCN Tower. While maintaining cruise altitude at 1500ft, the aircraft had encountered an engine RPM drop over the southwest of VCCN and subsequently the PIC had carried out an emergency landing at Payagala beach.
|Aircraft Incident of Sakurai Aviation Academy, Piper PA 38-112 Tomahawk, bearing registration number 4R-ASJ, emergency landing at Payagala Beach, Kaluthara, Sri Lanka on 22nd December 2021
|27th Dec 2021
|Paththayam Watta, Kimbulapitiya
|Sakurai Aviation Ltd
|4R-GAF, Cessna 172L single-engine aircraft operated by Sakurai Aviation Ltd was scheduled to operate as a charter passenger flight on 27th Dec 2021 from VCCC-VCCS-VCCK-VCCC. The flight departed VCCC at 1115 hrs (LT) to proceed to VCCS. Two passengers boarded the aircraft at VCCS and the flight departed at 1304 hrs (LT) with a total of four onboard.
During en route to VCCK, the aircraft had encountered an engine RPM fluctuation and subsequent engine failure and the aircraft had approached runway 22 at VCBI for an emergency landing. While approaching VCBI, the PIC had declared “MAYDAY” and crash landed in a paddy field at Paththayam Watta, Kimbulapitiya, Negombo at approx. 1352hrs (LT).
|Aircraft Accident of Sakurai Aviation Limited, Cessna 172L Skyhawk bearing registration mark 4R-GAF crash-landed at Paththayam Watta, Kimbulapitiya, Negombo, Sri Lanka on 27th Dec 2021bearing registration mark 4R-GAF crash-landed at Paththayam Watta, Kimbulapitiya, Negombo, Sri Lanka on 27th Dec 2021bearing registration mark 4R-GAF crash-landed at Paththayam Watta, Kimbulapitiya, Negombo, Sri Lanka on 27th Dec 2021
|16th Aug 2022
|Enroute from VCBI to VOMM
|Sri Lankan Airlines
|SriLankan Airlines flight UL127, A320, bearing registration 4R-MRE had departed from VCBI to VOMM at 1352hrs (LT) on 16th Aug 2022. At about 1505 hrs (LT), during cruise phrase near position SAGOR at 35,000ft, the aircraft had experienced an unexpected severe turbulence (3 to 4 seconds), while flying to avoid an isolated CB. As a results, 03 crew members in the AFT galley had fallen and two were injured.
The PIC had requested the medical assistance at VOMM through data link to FCC Colombo. The flight had continued to the destination and landed safely. On arrival, the injured CCMs were taken to the medical Centre at VOMM for necessary treatments. Subsequently, after medical assessments and treatments, the same cabin crew had operated the return flight UL 128 as per scheduled duty pattern.
|Final Report - Investigation of Sri Lankan Airlines flight UL128, 4R-MRE from VOMM to VCBI Operated with injured Cabin Crew Members on 16th Aug 2022
|17th Dec 2022
|Runway 31 at Seychelles International Airport (FSIA)
|SriLankan Airlines aircraft, Airbus A320 bearing the registration 4R-ABN departed from VCBI to FSIA at 2110UTC on 16th Dec 2022. During the approach, the ATC tower of FSIA had cleared UL 707 for FSIA TILOM-1E arrival for ILS Z approach Runway 31. The weather had been prevalent throughout the final approach path, and the flight crew had fully configured the aircraft to fly through the weather on approach. On the first approach, at around 700ft just prior to minima, PF had disconnected the autopilot and continued the approach. However, the PAPI had indicated three whites and thereafter four whites which the First Officer had called out, and called “unstable go around". Subsequently, the PF had initiated the go-around.
On the second approach, the ATC tower had cleared UL 707 to PETER and ILS Z31. At around 400ft the aircraft had deviated from centerline and had been corrected while the First Officer also called it out. Flight UL 707 had continued on profile till flare height. During the flare, the aircraft had drifted to the right side just prior to touchdown. The First officer had called “Go around”. As the aircraft was already touching down right of the center line, the PIC had landed the aircraft and brought the aircraft to the centerline, and stopped the aircraft on the runway. Flight UL 707, 4R-ABN had experienced a lateral runway deviation at landing after an ILS approach to runway 31 at FSIA on 17th Dec 2022.
|Incident of lateral runway deviation of SriLankan Airlines Flight UL707, Airbus Industries A320-214, bearing registration 4R-ABN during landing at Seychelles International Airport, Seychelles on 17th December 2022
|05th July 2023
|Final approach to Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake
On 05th July 2023, SriLankan Airlines flight UL 303 arriving from Changi International Airport, Singapore (WSSS), while approaching to Runway 22 at Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake, Sri Lanka (VCBI), carried out a go-around due to wind shear condition experienced by the flight crew.
Later CAASL received complaints from residents who are living around Runway 22 approach path of VCBI, claiming that, their properties were damaged
|Final Report - SriLankan Airlines Flight UL 303, Airbus Industries A330-343, bearing registration 4R-ALP Go Around due Wind Shear during final approach to Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake on 05th July 2023
|01st June 2023
|Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake
SriLankan Airlines flight UL166 arrived from Cochin International Airport, India (VOCI) to Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake (VCBI) on 01st June 2023 at 1118 hrs (LT).
A 65 years old elderly male passenger, who is an Indian national had arrived on board UL 166. During disembarkation from the L1 door, via passenger step UL11-29, he had reportedly sagged and was taken to the passenger coach. Then he was taken to the airport medical centre from parking bay B 17 accompanied by Airport Security staff and Airport Service Agent (PAX). Subsequently, the passenger was dispatched to Negombo General Hospital.
The Airport Service Manager of SLA had been informed of the death of the elderly male passenger on the same day, after the passenger was admitted to the Negombo General Hospital to the Ground Handler approximately at 1215hrs (LT).
|Passenger sagged on the passenger step positioned for UL 166, bearing Aircraft Registration 4R-MRE operated by SriLankan Airlines during disembarkation at B-17, Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake on 01st June 2023
|01st November 2023
|Runway 22, Colombo International Airport, Ratmalana
|Fly Southern (Pvt.) Ltd.
|On 1st November 2023, Cessna 172N aircraft, bearing registration 4R-FSA was being operated by Fly Southern (Pvt) Ltd, took-off from Colombo International Airport, Ratmalana (RMA) for a training flight as a first solo mission of the student pilot who was the Pilot in Command (PIC) during the incident. Aircraft made a safe touchdown on runway 22 (RWY 22) and during landing roll aircraft veered off to the right side of the runway and stopped on right side grass patch of RWY 22
|Final report - Aircraft Incident - Fly southern (Pvt.) Ltd. Cessna 172N, 4R-FSA - Runway excursion at Runway 22 Colombo International Airport - Ratmalana, on 01st November 2023.
Aircraft Accident Information
- Useful Aircraft Accident Information - http://www.planecrashinfo.com/cause.htm
- Boeing Statistics on Accidents - http://www.boeing.com/resources/boeingdotcom/company/about_bca/pdf/statsum.pdf
- Air Safety Information - http://www.airsafe.com/events/models/atr.htm