Pilot killed in Sri Lanka jets clash

16:27, March 01, 2011      

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One of the two pilots in the Sri Lankan air force Kfir jets has been found dead after the planes collided Tuesday morning, air force spokesman said.

The two Kfir jets clashed over Warana area in the western provincial Gampaha district while on a training exercise in connection with the air force's 60th anniversary celebrations, which are to begin on Wednesday.

"This happened around 9:30 a.m. local time" air force spokesman Andy Wijesuriya said.

The two jets crashed near a paddy field while causing damage to a house. A civilian was also injured.

The pilot who survived has been identified as Squadron Leader Vajira Jayakodi.

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa visited the crash site shortly after the incident, officials said.

Source: Xinhua

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