A Sri Lankan air force plane crashed on a tea estate in the island’s mountains Friday, killing the four crew members on board and injuring a civilian on the ground, a military official said.

The Chinese-built Y-12 had taken off from the southern airbase of Wirawila and was heading to Ratmalana, south of Colombo, when it crashed.

china y 12 small 1170x610 1 - Travel Radar - Aviation NewsY-12 twin-engine turboprop utility aircraft at the China Aviation Museum, Beijing. Image: Ronidong/Wikimedia

Two pilots and two other crewmembers were on the Chinese-built Y-12 aircraft, which was on an observation mission, air force spokesman Capt. Gihan Seneviratne said.

Meanwhile, a woman from a nearby house who was injured in the plane crash has been admitted to the Haputale Hospital for treatment.

The Air Force and Haputale Police are seaprately conducting investigations.

Updates coming…

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