Thursday, June 8, 2017

Myanmar AF Shaanxi Y-8 crashes into Andaman Sea

Bodies and debris have been found in the water after a Myanmar military plane vanished over the Andaman Sea with 122 soldiers, family members and crew on board, the military said in a statement.

Three bodies were found by a navy ship 35km from the southern costal town of Launglon, the military said. A plane wheel that was believed to be from the Chinese-made Y-8-200F transport plane was also found, the statement said.

The military transport plane had been flying from southern Myanmar to Yangon when contact was lost on Wednesday afternoon. There were fears it may have crashed into the ocean, since its route would have taken it over the Andaman Sea.

General Myat Min Oo earlier said the Chinese-made Y-8 turboprop aircraft was carrying 106 passengers – mostly families of military personnel – and 14 crew members when it went missing on Wednesday afternoon. It is not unusual for such flights to carry civilians to offset transportation costs for military families stationed in the somewhat remote south. (Source: theguardian.com, 7-Jun-2017)