Myanmmar military plane carrying 116 goes missing; search operation launched

A Myanmar military plane carrying 116 people went missing on Wednesday between the southern city of Myeik and Yangon, according to the office of the army chief and an airport source.

AFP June 07, 2017 17:15:11 IST
Myanmmar military plane carrying 116 goes missing; search operation launched

Yangon (Myanmar): A Myanmar military plane carrying 116 people went missing on Wednesday between the southern city of Myeik and Yangon, according to the office of the army chief and an airport source.

Myanmmar military plane carrying 116 goes missing search operation launched

An airplane carrying aid for flood victims in Kalay township at Sagaing division, Myanmar (representational image). Reuters

"Communication was lost suddenly at about 1:35 pm (07:05 GMT) when it reached about 20 miles west of Dawei town," the commander-in-chief's office said in a statement.

Ships and planes have been scrambled to search for the plane, which was flying over the Andaman Sea when it went missing, the statement added.

An airport source said the plane was carrying 105 pasengers and 11 crew when it took off.

The passengers were believed to mainly be family members of military men based in the coastal region.

"We think it was a technical failure. Weather is fine there," the source told AFP, asking not to be named, adding there was no news of the plane so far.

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