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Two planes crash on runway at Rangoon airport

While taxiing the runway at Rangoon International Airport at about 6am on Monday morning, an A320 plane belonging to Golden Myanmar Airlines crashed into a stationary Myanmar Airways International (MAI) plane.

According to Aye Mra Thar, the marketing and public relations officer of MAI: “The Golden Myanmar aircraft was taxiing when it lost control due to a technical problem with its front gear, and it crashed into one of our aircraft.


“Our plane suffered substantial damage on the tail-side, but luckily no one was injured as it was parked,” said Aye Mra Thar.

Both planes suffered damage and costs will be estimated after the Thingyan holiday, according to Rangoon police.

Burma’s state-run national carrier, MAI operates daily international flights to Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Guangzhou, Gaya, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, and recently launched a new flight service to Pusan, South Korea.

Based out of Mandalay, Golden Myanmar Airlines launched operations only in January 2013 as a low-cost domestic and international carrier. Its main investors include the chairmen of Co-operative Bank. It currently has only two aircraft, both A320 airbuses, and runs domestic flights between Rangoon, Mandalay and Naypyidaw, with international routes to Gaya and Imphal in India, as well as Singapore and Bangkok.

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