The crash of two Israeli built Kfirs after colliding mid-air has overshadowed the 60th anniversary of the Sri Lanka Air Force. The unfortunate crash which occurred in the morning of March 1, 2011, (Sri Lanka time) claimed the life of a pilot, Flight Lieutenant Monath Perera. The other pilot, Squadron Leader Vajira Jayakodi managed to eject himself safely. This happened during rehearsals for the anniversary scheduled for tomorrow. (March 2, 2011).
The Kfirs (meaning Lion cub in Hebrew), are single seat fighter jets which are in service of the SLAF from 1996. None was lost in combat during Sri Lanka's successful war on terror.
Flight Lieutenant Monath Perera served with distinction in the Air Force from 2004.
President Mahinda Rajapakse also visited the crash site today.
Our deepest condolences for the pilot who met his death unfortunately.