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Sri Lanka to probe U.S. aircraft airspace violation

[Xinhua, Monday, 8 August 2011 07:17 No Comment]

The Sri Lankan government is to launch a special investigation into the violation of the country’ s airspace by U.S. fighter jets, an official said Monday.

A Sri Lankan government official told Xinhua that the country’s air force had identified the U.S. aircraft after they were picked up on the radar screens recently.

"The U.S. aircraft were told they were in violation of our airspace and subsequently they changed direction and moved out," the official said.

Sri Lankan media reports said Sunday that at least 10 U.S. fighter jets had intruded into Sri Lanka’s airspace but the intrusion was not believed to have been intentional.

Sri Lankan air force spokesman Andrew Wijesuriya said that the fighter jets had violated Sri Lanka’s airspace during a training session.

"If any country wants to use our airspace it is required to file flight plans and obtain prior approval," the air force spokesman said.

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