Tiger aircraft accessories found
Troops unearthed a stock of LTTE light aircraft accessories buried in
a coconut grove in Theravikulam, Puthukudiyiruppu yesterday morning.
Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said troops of 11 Sri
Lanka Artillery Regiment under the 57 Division which launched search
operations in the Puthukudiyiruppu area, unearthed components of the
light aircraft belonging to the LTTE in Theravikulam.
LTTE cadres were hiding aircraft accessories buried in a coconut
grove. “The aircraft spares were neatly wrapped and concealed in
polythene and were buried in a coconut grove. Troops unearthed the
aircraft components with the help of backhoes,” he added.
Troops recovered four cylinder engines, three propellers, an aircraft
radio set, five aircraft main wheels, three nose wheels, two partly used
main wheels, four pilots’ hand phones, three battery chargers, three
digital meters, three computer graphic manuals, ground marshalling
torches, flying (aerial) computers, two flying simulation units, 23
runway lights, four head lights, two ordinary runway lights, bolts,
transmitters, three marine radars, flying maps, 35 high speed boat
engines, a water scooter laden with explosives and an aircraft towing
Meanwhile, troops of the 58 Division moving forward recovered an LTTE
Multi-Barrel Rocket Launcher (MBRL) yesterday morning in
Brigadier Nanayakkara said LTTE cadres using the MBRL fired at troops
advancing to rescue civilians in the No Fire Zone. A fierce battle raged
in Karayanmullivaikkal and withdrawing LTTE cadres in the face of
defeat, attempted to pull the MBRL along with them. “Troops of the 58
Division confronting LTTE cadres tactically surrounded and captured the
Tiger MBRL. Troops forced Tiger cadres to retreat further into the south
of NFZ,” he added.