After Thursday night`s alarm over another possible LTTE air attack set off panic, fear and uncertainty all over the country, the Air Force has been placed on high alert with a probe being launched yesterday to ascertain whether reports of the sighting of `suspicious aircraft` were valid.
`To start with the Air Force is checking whether there were really any aircraft movements,` military spokesman Prasad Samarasinghe told the Daily Mirror yesterday.
He said during the alarm period, the air defence systems at the airport were successfully activated but there appeared to be no suspicious aircraft over the area.
`The Air Force confirmed there were no suspicious aircraft in the skies over the air port and we were able to bring the situation under control in less than an hour,` the spokesman said.
During the alarm period the Bandaranike International Airport was closed for less than an hour and at least three incoming flights were diverted to Chennai.
Meanwhile, commenting on the forced landing of an Air Force Helicopter MI 24 at the Anuradhapura Air Force base, Brigadier Samarasinghe said the air craft was slightly damaged and it was being repaired.
The Air Force said the pilots had to land the helicopter due to a technical fault soon after it took off, but there were no injuries to the personnel.
Air Force Spokesman Ajantha Silva said the air force was on high alert following the latest threat from Tiger air power.
`We are on alert now and we have beefed up our defensive measures,` he said.
The BIA was closed temporarily and power to Colombo cut off after reports of suspicious aircraft over the Puttalam skies reached the Air Force.
Tiger aircraft have within a month conducted an air raid on Katunayake Air Force base and the Palaly military complex with nine security personnel being killed and 30 wounded in the two air attacks.