21 September, 2020

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Pilot Ranil Wickramasinghe Diverts Mihin Lanka’s Seychelles Flight To Madagascar

Pilot Ranil Wickramasinghe diverted Mihin Lanka‘s Seychelles flight MJ 707 to Nosy Be in Madagascar due to unsafe weather experienced on his approach to the indian ocean island yesterday.

MihinThe Airbus A 319 aircraft operated by Mihin Lanka was initially instructed by the Air Traffic Controllers to circle for an hour with the hope of the weather clearing in order to permit the aircraft to land.

Mihin Lanka’s Capt. Ranil Wickramasinghe sensing that he was running out of fuel then decided to proceed to the alternate airport situated in the north of Madagascar, which was a further two hours away.

The aircraft eventually made its way back to Seychelles an hour after being on ground in Nosy Be.

However with the pilots and crew exceeding their flight time duty limitations the aircraft and crew had to be parked on ground in Seychelles for 12 hours in order to provide the pilots and crew adequate rest.

Mihin Lanka’s flight operated to Seychelles has been widely broadcast in the news recently for operating a series of illegal flights during the course of last year.

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has currently requested the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka to investigate a petition sent in directly to them regarding this serious alleged violation.

The complainant Capt. Charles Sirimanne Mihin Lanka’s former Manager Flight / Ground Safety highlighted these violations to the airline and also the the CAA of Sri Lanka.

Despite doing the correct thing Capt. Sirimanne was shockingly terminated by Capt. Pujitha Jayakody the now also removed former Head of Flight Operations Mihin Lanka.

Capt. Jayakody went on to further cripple Capt. Sirimanne’s profession,but more importantly tarnish the opportunity of seeking employment with another airline, when he produced a sworn affidavit to the supreme court stating that the terminated pilot was sabotaging the airline’s operation.

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    Is this what you meant CT?

    Yahapalana Capt. Ranil Wickramasinghe sensing that he was running out of fuel (in his tank/treasury) then decided to proceed to the alternate airport situated in China which was a further two hours away. Unfortunately, due to certain influences, he had criticized this Chinese airport as an unsuitable one similar to Chinese built Mattala Mahinda Rajapaksa International airport. He did this with his erstwhile pilot My3 Sirisena during the prez and parliamentary elections and to prove it he and his men stored paddy at MRIA just after the elections.
    To their surprise, after the crash-landing, capt. Ranil Wickremasinghe and his crew were given first aid with a warm welcome by the Chinese airport authorities who inquired whether they possessed not only enough fuel but enough food too to survive the rest of the journey for the next three and a half years!
    Many Sri Lankans say: Look! This is an irony of its own making!

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      you have to admit the irony is perfect . Capt RW , and the airport names nosy be . lol

  • 7
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    Weather is unpredictable. An hour to circle with the alternate 2 hours away means that the plane must carry at least 3 hours of fuel. That is not at all an economically viable option, but for safety the fuel required to hold and for 30 minutes and another 2+ hours of fuel to make an alternate 2 hours away will be a mandatory requirement if that is within the airlines safety policy. Should the additional fuel be for 2 1/2 hours and the alternate is 2 hours away; holding and circling for the weather at the destination is a very risky option and the pilot certainly did not opt for it because he is not a weather god. I have watched many episodes of Mayday and large percentage of fatalities were due to weather compounded by pilot error. On October 6th, 2014 I was one board a A321 that rolled to port in an almost 85 degree bank. It happened about 800 to a 1000 feet above ground with a range of mountains on either side. The winds were 40Mph and gusting. There were screams in the cabin and the passenger seated on the left (port) saw those passengers seated on the right (starboard) above their heads! Not a good experience. The Captain powered up and fled to the alternate about 1 1/2 hours away. Another flight that come in before mine was in a holding pattern. When he heard our close call he decided to follow us to the alternate. A good thing and timely indeed because the same storm with heavy winds and heavy rain struck our alternate airport 50 or 60 minutes after we landed. Our original destination did not clear to take any arrivals until after 11 a.m. We had that scare at 9:10 a.m. Holding for 2 hours not knowing when the weather was going to calm down was not an option for Air New Zealand (my flight) or Jet Star. The recent air crash in bad weather was such an unfortunate occurance especially after 1 missed approach. No pilot in command must risk passenger, crew and equipment by being a ‘cowboy’ fly by the seat of his pants! Not for perishable cargo, not while operating with lives on board in commercial air transportation.

  • 12
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    Mismanagement, inefficiency and corruption are the hallmarks of both government airlines in Sri Lanka. Shut the bloody things down and plough the enormous losses into schools and hospitals.

  • 18
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    As much as I dont like Mihin Lanka this is not a news worthy item as CT tried to make it

    i)the pilot has done the right thing and landed the aircraft safely

    ii)if it was another budget carrier the pilot may have attempted to fly into bad weather and attempt a landing which may have been tragic like the flydubai plane incident

    iii) 12 hour rest and layover is fine as its per aviation guidelines

    iv) Article is misleading with the pilots name being touted in a mischievous manner

    Commont CT dont stoop to Daily Mail UK standard and become like a loo roll ragsheet,please keep the standards up

    • 9
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      Agree with you Peace Lover,
      CT seem to be wanting to make HEADLINES,
      Daily Star, Daily Mail..style!

  • 2
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    Ohhhhh SO he has brains even to do that????surprising!!!

  • 5
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    Was the chief steward Maithriyapala Sirisena?

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      no.he was the only passenger in the first class near the exit door.his brother Kumarasinghe,the chief steward was trying to push him out.

  • 12
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    high time our PM focuses on one job.

    Nothing wrong in diverting to Madagascar. FZ981 pilots circled for 2 hours last month and crashed their aircraft on approach.

    This isn’t a newsworthy story CT.

  • 5
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    WHO CARES!
    Do we, citizens of this country have any say in the affairs of money of the country?
    Billions have been pilfered out of the country by the previous regime. Did we make a noise? Nearly half of us mutts voted for the Maha Raja and still Scream “Jayawewa” wherever we see him.
    Now this is the turn of the New Nade. Let them plunder the country. To my part I am screaming Jayawewa. Hope you will too.

  • 7
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    “Ranil Wickramasinghe sensing that he was running out of fuel then decided to proceed to the alternate airport situated in the north of Madagascar,”

    what nonsense is this misleading information,confusing me like hell.I personally saw his photos in beijing when he was running out of fuel.

    • 2
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      This headline really R. Wickarmasinge is misleading n mischievous. I never expected this from ur newspaper. Pls don’t stoop to low level journalism. If u had even hinted about some VIP ‘s in the former regime I am sure someone in ur team would be by now occupying a 6 feet space underground somewhere.

  • 1
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    Gosh ! Any profits made is wiped off by a single diversion so this is what happens when flights are done in foul weather? The stupid DG of CAA feels that a pilot should take off irrespective of weather if the passengers are onboard? What a clown !

  • 2
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    This Ranil WICK refering is an Air Force Pilot who joined Mihin Lanka, Type was paid by the Treasury ,

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    All Ranil Wickremasinghes do a good job. be it the Prime Minister or the Mihin Pilot.In as much as the PM did good on his Chinese visit so did this Ranil do with this Mihin Air flight. In all probabilty he must be an old Royalist

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    Countries like Sri Lanka should not be allowed to operate any airline services at all by ICAO. Just as some people are too stupid to use computers, some countries are too stupid to run airlines!

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    As I know, there is a Captain, is called Ranil Wickramasinghe in Mihin Lanka. He is not the Prime Minister.

  • 0
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    Sri Lankan airlines pilots think they are the best but they are like frogs in the well, one reason for Sri Lankan losses is some management pilots poor managerial skills and professional jellouse. They think, Sri Lankan is the only door to aviation in Sri Lanka, don’t like Mihin doing operation successfully. Always pulling legs. Diversion is a good decision in the flying and one who is hesitating diversion , putting the life of passenfgers in to the risk. Sri Lankan should be closed down soon to prevent further losses….

    • 0
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      Mr ranil, ur poor English skills shows its u

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