Thai army helicopter crashes in Burma

A Thai helicopter carrying nine people, including a senior army commander, crashed inside Burma this morning, the Bangkok Post has reported.

The Blackhawk helicopter was reportedly on a mission to retrieve the bodies of five Thai troops who died in a helicopter crash on Saturday last week in Ratchaburi province, which lies alongside the Burma border next to Tenasserim division.

Details on casualities from today’s incident have not been released.

Among those on board was Maj-Gen Tawan Ruangsri, commander of the Thai army’s 9th Infantry Division, and two journalists, the Bangkok Post said. The remaining are thought to have been military personnel.

The crash on Saturday last week occurred half a mile from the Burmese border. The helicopter, tasked with anti-logging operations in the Kaeng Krachan National Park, went down in poor weather.

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