Body count rises to 90 in search for plane off southeastern Burma’s coast

Body count rises to 90 in search for plane off southeastern Burma’s coast

Search personnel had recovered 90 bodies as of Thursday afternoon as the hunt for a downed military transport plane and the 122 passengers and crew aboard entered its second week.

Three “unidentified bodies” discovered on Thursday morning by ground troops along Maungmakan-Mayingyi beach, in southeastern Burma’s Tenasserim Division, brought the total body count to 90, according to the Office of the Commander-in-Chief.

The aircraft, a Chinese-manufactured Y-8-200F prop plane, was en route to Rangoon from the southern coastal town of Myeik when it went missing on 7 June.

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Authorities have not yet provided a possible explanation for the accident, nor has the plane’s fuselage been located, though debris believed to be from the aircraft has been recovered. In his first public remarks on the tragedy, military Commander-in-Chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing on Saturday suggested that inclement weather may have been a factor in the crash.

The search for the ill-fated plane has included naval vessels and military airplanes and helicopters, as well as privately owned fishing trawlers and a contingent of land-based Tatmadaw troops.

The flight from Myeik was carrying 108 soldiers, military officers and their family members, and 14 crew members.

The Office of the Commander-in-Chief said an additional 23 bodies had been identified and cremated in the presence of family members on Wednesday.

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