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Debris of Myanmar Plane Carrying 122 People Found in Andaman Sea

More than half of the passengers were from military families, including 15 children.

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The country’s Commander-in-Chief confirmed that the wreckage had been found off the coast of Launglon, in southern Myanmar. (Photo: PTI)

Myanmar's military said it has found the wreckage of a plane in the Andaman Sea that went missing on Wednesday, with around 122 people on board, along with several bodies.

We have found the plane and some dead bodies this morning about 8:25 am.
A spokesman from the military’s information team told AFP

The country's Commander-in-Chief confirmed in a Facebook post that the wreckage had been found off the coast of Launglon, in southern Myanmar, by a navy search team on Thursday morning.

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(Photo Courtesy: Google Maps)
(Photo Courtesy: Google Maps)

Nine navy ships and three air force planes had been dispatched to search for the aircraft, which disappeared as it flew from the southern city of Myeik to Yangon.

There was conflicting information on the number of people on board, but in the latest update the military said the plane was carrying a total of 122 people.

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.

Some were on their way for medical checkups and to attend school.
A spokesman from the military’s information team

It is monsoon season in Myanmar, but there were no reports of stormy weather in the area at the time.

The commander-in-chief's office said the plane lost contact with air traffic control at 1:35 pm (local time) on Wednesday, about half-an-hour after takeoff.

The military named the captain of the Chinese-made Y-8F- 200 four-engine turboprop as Lieutenant Colonel Nyein Chan, who it said had more than 3,000 hours of flying experience. The plane was bought in March 2016 and had a total of 809 flying hours.

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Myanmar Military's Recent History of Plane Crashes

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

A five-strong crew died when an air force plane burst into flames soon after taking off from the capital Naypyidaw in February last year.

Three army officers were also killed in June when their Mi-2 helicopter crashed into a hillside and burst into flames in south-central Bago.

(With inputs from PTI.)

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