Two Sri Lankan fighter jets have crashed. They were not defecting to Gampaha. It seems like things just got messed up and they had to bail, sadly, one pilot has died. They apparently crashed while practicing a fly-by for the 60th anniversary of the Air Force. Wikipedia says that the SLAF had 12 Kfirs as of 2009, meaning that we just lost a significant percentage of our fleet. Previously, two Kfirs were lost in the LTTE’s attack on the airport. Each one costs about $4.5 million USD, which is no small sum for a small country. Thankfully, we don’t need to bomb our own country that much anymore.
The Kfir is an interesting plane, an Israeli copy of the French Dassault Mirage, produced at a time when there was an arms embargo against Israel. They managed to recreate the plane through extensive espionage. Above is a video from a French movie about the Mirage 2000, a $23 million dollar update of the same. It shows how beautiful two planes intertwined in flight can be, unless they crash.