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SLAF AN-32 aircraft made emergency landing at naval airbase

GOA: A Sri Lankan Air Force (SLAF) AN-32 transport aircraft made an emergency landing at naval airbase INS Hansa, Goa on Friday after the aircraft suffered a technical glitch just after take off from the naval airbase. The aircraft, part of a three aircraft formation, had landed at Goa for refuelling while enroute to Ukraine for complete overhaul.

Indian Navy engineers detected the fault and repaired the aircraft and the three Antonov AN-32s are now expected to fly out on Saturday. The Indian Navy’s Ilyushin Il-38 shares the same Ivchenko AI-20 turboprop engine that powers the AN-32.

The Sri Lankan embassy expressed its appreciation to the personnel at INS Hansa for the immediate assistance. “We express our deep appreciation to the Indian Navy for rendering assistance to a Sri Lankan Air Force aircraft and the crew in Goa. It was indeed a gesture of true friendship and cooperation,” said the embassy in a statement.

 The News 24 Goa

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