Sri Lanka mystery aircraft looks similar to Dr Ray’s Lihiniya – enthusiast
COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – A mystery aircraft discovered at a state warehouse in Colombo reportedly belonging to a son of ex-President Mahinda Rajapasksa looks similar to a plane once owned by a Sri Lankan scientist, an aviation enthusiast said.
Published pictures of the dark and light blue painted aircraft with its wings dis-assembled looks like a Kitfox classic aircraft.
Kitfox is one of the most popular kit planes ever produced and are bought and assembled by hobbyists and enthusiasts especially in North America and Europe.
A person with a sound knowledge of aircraft construction could also build a Kitfox from plans, the enthusiast said.
Dr Ray Wijewardene, a tropical agricultural expert who was an aviation hobbyist, used to own a similar aircraft, in identical livery which he called Lihiniya, he said.
In published pictures of the mystery aircraft a word which could almost be ‘Lihiniya’ can be made out on the nose of the aircraft behind the engine cowling close to the windscreen.
Sri Lanka’s Daily Mirror newspaper said owners of an aviation company in Sri Lanka had gifted the aircraft – which was not in an airworthy condition – to one of ex-President Rajapaksa’s sons.
It is not clear how the aircraft ended up in the warehouse of a state enterprise.