More bodies found in search for Myanmar military plane

Ruben Ruiz
June 8, 2017

Civil aviation authorities initially said there were 105 people onboard.

More than half of the passengers were from military families, including 15 children, along with 35 soldiers and 14 crew members, the army chief's office said in a statement. The route was a typical weekly flight, with scheduled stops at a number of towns along the way, according to Reuters.

A search for the plane has been launched in the Andaman Sea, south and west of Myanmar.

'Myanmar air force has (a) very bad safety performance, ' he said, asking to remain nameless. Kyaw Kyaw Htay, a civil aviation official at Myeik airport said the weather had been "normal" when the flight had departed, according to reports.

The military announcement said Myanmar received the Y-8 plane in March previous year, and since then it had logged 809 flying hours. The search was continuing.

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Some 300 to 400 people, including firefighters, medics, emergency and welfare officials, gathered on the shore near the town of Launglon, close to the area where the naval search was concentrated, said Naing Myo Thwin, the chairman of the local funeral association, from the scene. Gen. Aung Ye Win, the chief of military information, said no traces of the plane or its passengers had been spotted, the Timesreports.

The seven bodies were found by local fishing vessels undertaking rescue tasks near the place where earlier the plane wreckage and the first three bodies had been found.

The Myanmar military named the captain of the Shaanxi Y8 four-engine turboprop as Lieutenant Colonel Nyein Chan, who it said had more than 3,000 hours of flying experience. It was carrying 2.4 tons of supplies, the military said.

Myanmar's military fleet has a chequered recent history of plane crashes.

In February 2016, the five-member crew of an air force plane died when the aircraft crashed in the capital of Nay Pyi Taw.

Other reports by GizPress

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