Scrap of Myanmar Military Plane with more than 116 on Board Found in Sea.


Scrap of a Myanmar military plane which is missing with more than 100 soldiers and family members were found in the Andaman Sea on Wednesday. The plane left the southern coastal town of Myeik in the early afternoon and was bound for Myanmar’s largest city of Yangon, but it lost contact about 20 miles west of the town of Dawei and thereafter it is missed. Navy ships and aircraft had been searching since the afternoon when the plane lost contact with air traffic controllers. Four naval ships and two air force planes were sent to search for the plane, which was flying at an altitude of more than 18,000 feet (5,486 metres).

“Now they have found pieces of the damaged plane in the sea 136 miles (218 km) away from Dawei city,” said Naing Lin Zaw, a tourism official in Myeik. The officer said 106 passengers were on board with soldiers, family members and 14 of crew. The air force source said more than a dozen of those on board were children.

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It is monsoon season in Myanmar but there were no reports of bad weather at the time the plane went missing.

The missing plane is a Y-8F-200 four-engine turboprop, a Chinese-made model still commonly used by Myanmar’s military for transporting cargo.A former executive at Myanmar’s aviation ministry said it was one of China’s most popular military and civilian transport aircraft.

Statement given by the officials that still Rescue is ongoing…Soon will get to know reason behind plane crash.


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