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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

48 Die in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO () -- A plane belonging to the Sri Lankan air force carrying troops going on leave from northern Jaffna province crashed Friday killing all 48 people on board, the military said.

The pilot had radioed in saying one of the wings had caught fire and the military said it had ruled out the possibility of a rebel attack. The crash happened at Palaly military base in the northern rebel-held Jaffna peninsula.

The passengers, all military personnel, were on their way to