Myanmar military plane crash: Ship recovers black box, brought aboard military vessel

Yangon: A Myanmar ship has retrieved the black box of a plane that crashed into the Andaman Sea with 122 people on board, the army said Sunday, raising hopes of discovering the cause of the tragedy.

The military aircraft plunged into the sea during a routine flight from the southern city of Myeik to Yangon on 7 June.

Most of its passengers were the wives and children of servicemen.

A still image taken from video released on June 7, 2017 shows the photograph of a Y-8-200 F military aircraft. FACEBOOK: CINCDS MYANMAR/Handout/via Reuters TV/Files

Y-8-200 F military aircraft.Reuters

Navy vessels and fishing trawlers have so far recovered 92 bodies plus some pieces of plane debris from off the coast of the southern town of Dawei.

Last week a fishing boat snagged a piece of the Shaanxi Y8's tail.

On Sunday, Myanmar's army chief said the black box, which consists of a digital flight data recorder and a cockpit voice recorder, had been brought aboard a military vessel.

"The part of the tail of the Y-8 plane, which included the Flight Data Recorder and the Cockpit Voice Recorder, was successfully put on a ship in the afternoon," the office of the army chief said in a Facebook post, alongside photos of the bright orange recording units.

"After finding that part of the plane, we are now in the process of finding out why the plane crash happened," the statement added.

It did not say how long it might take to decipher the black box data, a process that can take days or even weeks.

There has been no official explanation for the cause of the crash.

The Chinese-made aircraft was less than two years old and had only flown some 800 hours, according to the military.

Experts say black boxes explain the causes of nearly 90 percent of plane crashes.


Updated Date: Jun 18, 2017 19:26 PM

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