Debris Of Myanmar Plane With Over 100 On Board Found In Sea: Reports
Debris from a Myanmar military aircraft missing to carry more than 100 people were found in the Andaman Sea on Wednesday at the AFP a local official and an air force source.
“Parts of the damaged aircraft have now been found at sea 136 miles (218 km) from the city of Dawei,” said Zaw Naing Lin, a tourism official in Myeik City, adding that the navy while still looking at the sea.
An air force source requesting anonymity confirmed that a rescue marine research vessel and had found parts of the aircraft.
“The communication was suddenly lost at 13:35 (07:05 GMT) when it arrived about 20 miles west of the city of Dawei,” the office of military commander Min Aung Hlaing said in a statement.
Four warships and two Air Force planes were sent to fetch the plane, walking in Yangon City and Myeik South, more than 18,000 feet when it disappeared.
Dawei is an hour-long port city south of Yangon, the commercial capital of Myanmar.
The office said that 90 passengers – military command and members of the Myeik family air force – were on board and 14 crew members.
He said the plane was delivered in March last year and had 809 hours of flight.
“We think it was a technical failure. The weather is good,” a source at the airport, who asked not to be identified, told AFP, adding that there were no news of planes so far.
Myanmar’s military fleet has seen a recent recent history of aviation accidents.
The five crew members were killed when a military aircraft in the air quickly exploded after taking off from the capital Naypyidaw in February last year.
Three army officers were killed in June when their Mi-2 helicopter crashed on a hill and exploded in the southern center of Bago.
The missing aircraft is a four-engine turboprop of Y-8F-200, a model made in China is still commonly used by the Myanmar military for freight transport.
The former military junta has bought many of Myanmar’s neighboring giant aircraft during its 50 years in isolation rule, when they were pressured by Western sanctions.
A former head of the Myanmar Aviation Ministry said it was one of the most popular civilian and military transport planes in China.
An increase in demand for air travel such as Myanmar opens up stretched aviation infrastructure in the impoverished country, especially at remote airports.
Commercial aircraft have also been frequent incidents.
The worst in recent years came in 2012 when an Air Bagan plane landed in the dense fog and burst into the flame of the Heho airport runway, killing a passenger and a motorcyclist on the ground.