Air Bridge to Jaffna

Propliners Guest Column by Capt. G.A. Fernando

Suren Ratwatte
Published in
6 min readOct 26, 2022

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Evacuation flights and a near miss

This story dates from August 1977. It was 13 months before Sri Lanka’s ‘long war’ effectively began with the country’s first experience of aviation terrorism, when a bomb destroyed one of Air Ceylon’s two Hawker Siddeley (Avro) HS 748 aircraft. A landmark election held just a few weeks earlier in July 1977 had propelled the right-wing United National Party to power with a huge majority, reflecting the electorate’s dissatisfaction with

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Suren Ratwatte
Propliners

I love airplanes and history. Trying to combine both interests in this blog, with stories of the old aircraft and the recollections of those who flew them.