Military aircraft carrying over 100 passengers goes missing

Military aircraft carrying over 100 passengers goes missing

Aviation authorities on Wednesday afternoon lost contact with a military aircraft carrying more than 100 passengers, with the plane en route to Rangoon from Myeik when it dropped off the radar near Dawei Township, in southeastern Burma’s Tenasserim Division.

The Office of the Commander in Chief announced that the plane was carrying 90 passengers — including the family members of military personnel — and 14 crew members when it went missing at 1:35pm about 20 miles west of Dawei.

Ye Htut Aung, deputy director general of the Department of Civil Aviation, told DVB that a search for the missing plane is ongoing, but that authorities had not yet located the aircraft as of 5:30pm.

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“I haven’t yet heard any updated information on the missing airplane. That’s all,” he said.

The statement from the Office of the Commander in Chief offered no possible explanation for the plane’s disappearance.

In February 2016, a Burma Air Force plane crashed in Naypyidaw, killing all five passengers on board.

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