Myanmar army plane with 122 on board missing

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-08/myanmar-air-force-shaanxi-y-8/8599084

Ships and planes are scouring the coast of southern Myanmar after a military plane vanished over the Andaman Sea with 122 people board, the military and civil aviation officials say.

The Chinese-made Y-8-200F transport plane left the coastal town of Myeik at 1:06pm (local time) heading north to Myanmar’s largest city of Yangon on a regular weekly flight that visits several coastal towns, officials said.

The plane lost contact 29 minutes after take-off while flying at 5,485 metres over the Andaman Sea, about 70 kilometres west of the town of Dawei, the military said.

Authorities reported conflicting numbers of people aboard. The latest military update put the total number of those aboard at 122, including 108 soldiers and their family members and 14 crew.

Among the passengers were 15 children, 58 adults and 35 soldiers and officers, according to the statement.

It is currently monsoon season in Myanmar, but Mr Htey said the weather had been “normal” with good visibility when the plane took off.

The military launched the search soon after the plane went missing, mobilising nine navy ships and three military planes — the search continued as darkness fell.

Some 300 to 400 people, including firefighters, medics, emergency and welfare officials, gathered on the shore near the town of Launglon, close to the area where the naval search was concentrated, said Naing Myo Thwin, a member of the local hospital’s emergency team.

“We haven’t seen any trace of the plane yet,” Naing Myo Thwin said.

Fears are growing that the aircraft may have crashed into the Andaman Sea.

The plane was bought in March 2016 and had a total of 809 flying hours. It was carrying 2.1 tonnes of supplies, the military said.

———-

and found..this might be nothing but worth posting in case it is something..

401

Advertisements

~ by seeker401 on June 9, 2017.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
%d bloggers like this: