25 March, 2019

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Sri Lankan Airlines: Management Turns ‘Blind Eye’ To Weliamanuna’s Findings

A cross section of Sri Lankan Airlines employees who fearlessly came forward to reveal the blatant ongoing malpractices and fraud to the J.C.Weliamuna led ‘Board of Inquiry’ (BOI) complained to ‘Colombo Telegraph’ that nothing has changed since in the investigation report revealed damning findings at the end of March 2015.

New Chairman Ajit Dias

New Chairman Ajit Dias

“It is almost a month since the ‘Weliamuna Report’ was submitted to the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe which was also subsequently exposed across the print and electronic media. The reports highlighted grave findings as to why the airline was financially raped to the tune of over Rs 120 billion.

Strangely several names of those that were responsible for making the airline incur this huge loss still continue to operate in the airline.

A very senior Cabin Crew Member with over 30 years of experience with the airline told ‘Colombo Telegraph’, “There was a situation once when one of our Cabin Crew Members inadvertently took a ‘face towel’ from the Airport Hotel in Bangkok Thailand and was terminated instantly. However our airline seems to be having ‘different rules for different folks’ and it is disheartening to know that our new Chairman Ajit Dias and the Board of Directors of the airline are turning a blind eye to the now exposed high ranking officials who went on to commit much greater fraud. They should immediately suspend all employees who have been identified in the ‘Weliamuna Report’ until the full scale investigation in completed” said an employee who did not wish to be named.

Disgruntled passengers who used to fly Sri Lankan Airlines very frequently also went on to complain about the Flight Operations Department and those that run the safety side of the airline’s business. “It is brought to our attention that the present Chief Operations Officer Capt. Druvi Perera is an individual who never enrolled in a ‘Flight Training School’ when he was studying to be a pilot in the United States of America. He was home schooled and an FAA Instructor eventually certified him as a pilot. The repercussions of these inadequacies that the airline overlooked when recruiting him is what now exposed in the ‘Weliamuna Report’. The flight he commanded to Chennai is now one of the most talked about ‘Pilot Related Incidents’ where he himself covered his mishap due to the power he wielded due to his close ties with the former government during the Rajapaksa rule.

These are the sort of things that make us passengers not want to travel our national carrier anymore for the simple reason that the airline overall has gone on to break the trust which we have shared over the years. Furthermore in spite of all what has been exposed he still continues to remain in control and still is in power. Perhaps the new Director on the Board Col. Sunil Peiris who once worked under the Capt. Druvi Perera’s father in the Sri Lanka Army has a hand in protecting his former Commander’s young son.” said the former frequent former traveller of Sri Lanka Airlines.

Colombo Telegraph lately found out that the seriousness of the Flight Operations cover up of Capt.Druvi Perera’s incident in Chennai does not necessarily end there.

Capt. Druvi Perera is further responsible in appointing Capt. Keminda Yahampath to the post of Manager Flight / Ground Safety of Sri Lankan Airlines.

Capt. Yahampath himself who astonishingly took on or about 90 hours to complete his ‘solo flight’ as a cadet pilot also was responsible for bursting the tires of the aircraft of a flight he piloted into Trivandrum not too long ago. Many wonders as to how the Flight Operations Department of the national carrier handed such responsibility to professionals who proved to be incompetent in their professional roles as pilots. Are these pilot related accidents and incidents prerequisites for been offered promotions.

As we write this story it has also been brought to our notice that First Officer Danwatte who was nabbed by British officials for being under the influence of alcohol prior to boarding the aircraft in Heathrow to operate the flight back to Colombo. Danwatte who was part of a three man cockpit crew and operating as in flight relief crew was subsequently offloaded and the flight operated the long Heathrow /Colombo sector with only Capt. Krishan Fernnando and his First Officer on board.

The latest revelation is that First Officer Danwatte is in the process of being recruited as a Trainee Captain for Sri Lankan Airlines sister company Mihin Lanka.

“The airline has been fortunate up until now and it appears that passengers who travel the national carrier will always be sitting on a ticking bomb during their journey rather than the comfort of their in-flight seats enjoying the stellar service the cabin crew provides. The airline has certainly been protected by the ‘Hand of God’ all this time and it appears that it is only a matter of time before something more serious and fatal happens rather than skidding off a runway, removing the runway lights, or bursting tires upon landing by the two individuals COO Capt. Druvi Perera and Manager Flight / Ground Safety Capt. Keminda Yahampath who are placed in charge to look after and protect the lives of us on board” concluded the traveler who uses Sri Lankan Airlines competitors now.

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    If Sunil peiris is covering druvi perera and chandrawansa he is not a man to be in the board. Pl look into this.

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    “Management Turns ‘Blind Eye’ To Weliamanuna’s Findings”

    blind leading the blind.

    only a foreign management or owners can sought out this airline.

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    Gota’s man still there?
    Awaiting more white vans ?
    No backbone to resign?
    What a disgrace to true army Generals

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    Dear Editor,

    Please be careful when you publish this kind of information. First Officer Danwatte has been completely exonerated from the allegation by the British Authorities. Therefore, he has all the rights to apply to any Airline in the world to continue in his profession.

    To my knowledge, during his 20 year service in the Air Force, he has flown 18 types of aircrafts and had been commanding many of those. Further, he was a KFIR four Ship Formation Leader who has contributed immensely to the war where we all enjoy that freedom today. Also don’t forget the fact that he is a wounded war hero while flying, who has been awarded with seven Gallantry medals by His Excellency the President for his acts of bravery in the face of the enemy. He is an assert to our country.

    Proper investigative journalism from your part, prior to quoting names would be the ethical thing to do. In essence, you are trying to tarnish the image of a decorated war veteran, who was falsely accused and already cleared of the allegation made by you.

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      Hello – Do not try to cover the misdeeds of a badly managed Air line with sobbing stories of one officer – the readers of this blog have sufficient brain to differentiate facts from imaginary stories – if first officer had been off loaded and the flight had left without him – there should be some truth behind the scene – later exoneration may be due to technical reasons – However compared to many stories of misdeeds of this Air line these incidents are quite small – we will dig more in the future and expose crooks and their lackys

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        “Sobbing stories of one officer”?

        If you are unaware of the nature of the incident, then spare yourself and do not comment. That post was purely to the editor/author of this article to make him/her aware of the requirement to first, conduct proper investigations in to a matter, prior to quoting a name. It has neither defended nor acknowledged any other facts stated in this article, other than the one in question. If you feel that you have achieved something extraordinary by supporting this character defamation of a war veteran, who himself was a victim of this “badly managed Airline”, then I have nothing more to say to you other than to wish you a bright future.

        Kindly read that post once again and be helpful enough to educate us as to how it has attempted to “cover the misdeeds of a badly managed Air line”. The “misdeeds” of this “badly managed Airline” affect the honest employees of this company, more than the general public such as yourself.

        Amazing how a change of Governement has brought out all the heroes! Where were you all this time? Exposing the “crooks” and their lackys” in other institutions or did you have your head stuck in a gutter somewhere? Having said that, please do “dig more” and expose all the “crooks and their lackys” of our Airline if you can. You would be making our lives much better!

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          That comment is made by a guy that said he watched while a friend of the pilot walked in to the “Pilot Cabin” twice. I wouldn’t bother too much about the opinion of a laymen such as himself Skipper. It’s obvious he has no clue with regards to aviation and its culture and of aviators and our culture. He’s clearly an experienced “self loading cargo” and therefore thinks he is entitled to voice his opinion on how we aviators must conduct ourselves.

          The public is completely unaware of the fact that this airline is still on its feet because of the sacrfices made by its real employees. Especially us pilots and our work ethic.

          Rabok, don’t drag us in to your BS comments. For your laymen info, Sri Lankan pilots are amongst the most skilled in the world at their craft. You only need to look at our safety record and put two and two together. Yes there have been a few incidents. So what? This is aviation. There is an unavoidable risk that goes hand in hand with it. If you feel you have the capability to fly a 260 ton aeroplane off the runway and put it back on the runway when “shit hits the fan” without killing 300+ pax, then please take over our work. You do not have a clue as to how we conduct ourselves nor the other honest employees of UL. We have all kept this floundering airline afloat over the decades and have watched politicians and bad management ruin it from the days of Air Ceylon. This is nothing new. This airline puts food on our tables and clothes on the backs of our families. Do not underestimate the devotion and love that we employees have for this airline. If you can give us a management that cares about this airline as much as its average employee, then please do so! The amount of potential in this company and the revenue it could generate are unbelievable if placed in the right hands.

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            Hello – DD – this comment was posted not for the sake of commenting – I witnessed this on a mid night flight from MLE to CMB – the guy I still remember was sitting next to me on front raw of EC – just before the start of flight the guy who was sitting next to me got up went inside cockpit and an officer in pilot uniform came out and sat next to me – during the entire flight he was sitting next to me – Is this something normal ?? I do not think so – you do not need to be an expert on regulations to understand this is not proper

            The second incident was again on 20.30 flight from MLE -CMB – there was a lady sitting two seats away from me and an Air hostess came and informed her Captain wants her inside the cockpit and showed her the way – I did not see whether someone came out of the cockpit to give space to the lady friend of captain but I am sure the lady return to the seat just before embarkation

            I was really upset over these happening as a regular flyer and next day called Chairman office and complain his secretary with the name of the Captain also – Surely I know my complain would not have gone beyond her – on a later date I wrote to “Daily Mirror” online blog – with all the details -they publish it without the names mention

            I certainly know everybody in this Air Line are no crooks – unfortunately I had very bad experiences with this Air line for many years – and completely stop flying Sri Lankan – I apologise if I have heart the feelings of genuine guys who genuinely try to do a good job under many crooks sitting on them

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              Rabok, obviously the two people that went in to the flight deck are known to the crew! Maybe even family! How can you come to a conclusion on what happened? No crew member is ever going to allow a stranger in to the flight deck! Regarding the crew member that allegedly sat next to you in EY in uniform, how do you know he was an operating crew member? There are many instances when we passenger on flights on positioning sectors. Just because he was in uniform, does not mean he was an operating crew member.

              You trust your life with us but refuse to accept the fact that a family member or friend is capable of visitng the flight deck? We DO NOT entertain anyone in the flight deck that is unknown to us personally. We too have families that await our return every time we put our uniform on and step out of the house. If you have had bad experiences then bring it to the attention of the people that are responsible for it! But do not assume things regarding us. This is not just a job for us nor is it just a profession. The training and checking we undergo every six months just to keep our job is not something that any other profession has. We DO NOT take things lightly my friend.

              Just because there have been a few maniacs in the recent past in other parts of the world that have managed to tarnish our image, please don’t measure us all with the same yard stick.

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      Crime is a crime. He committed a crime, its against the SOP flight had to come with out the cruise pilot where pilots cud not have the rest for this 11hr flight this is against the FDP.

      Please don’t cover up his actions, just because he was a a parsnip the war one cannot commit these mistakes.

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    We feel very sorry for the FO who had to go through this unfortunate incident in London. British Authorities should be thanked for their fair judgement to exonerate him.
    Dear FO, We salute you for the supreme sacrifice made to save our motherland.
    We will have to protect our war heroes.
    We wish you all the very best and success in your future endeavors.

    Imesh

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      Why do you feel sorry? What about the rest of the guys who had issues and terminated unfairly were they given a second chance?

      What if a War vetran joins a Corporate and does a mistake, drunk druving, assault etc, just because he was a War veteran let him go?

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    whats happening with the head hr still didn’t resign? Shameless after so many accusations still Trying to survive with the analytics !

    When do these people realize that they don’t have a say anymore. Shameless disgraceful mean people

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    “Weliamanunas” report has been a waste of valuable time, effort and money.
    Justice delayed is justice denied.

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    CT should verify the facts before publishing this type of articles. Capt Keminda Yahampath was appointed as manager safety by Capt Navin De Silva who was the Head of Flight operations.

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    Let’s forget about the past.

    2014 loss as per Central Bank report is Rs 29 billion.

    2015 loss is another Rs 20 billion.

    Just keep in mind that a 1,000 bed hospital costs only Rs 1 billion.

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    Dear Siri – You are wrong in that statement. Capt Keminda was appointed by Druvi. Earlier it was Capt Sri Segaram who was appointed by then Head of Flight Ops Capt Navin de Silva. Thanks.

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    Ding Dong on above comments says “there has been few incidents so what?” …. I wish Ding Dong was one of the victims of those few incidents which he claims “so what!”…

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    This Weliamuna Report is based on evidence given by disgruntled employees. The author could be one of them or someone with an axe to grind.

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