Debris from missing Myanmar military plane found in sea

Yangon
7 Jun 2017

Debris from a missing Myanmar military plane was found in the Andaman Sea today, an official and an air force source said.

"Now they have found pieces of the damaged plane in the sea 136 miles (218 km) away from Dawei city," Naing Lin Zaw, a tourism official in Myeik city, told AFP adding that the navy was still searching the sea. An air force source requesting anonymity confirmed a navy search and rescue ship had found pieces of the plane. The military plane carrying 116 people went missing today between the southern city of Myeik and Yangon, according to the office of the Army Chief and an airport source.

"Communication was lost suddenly at about 1:35 pm (07:05 GMT) when it reached about 20 miles west of Dawei town," the commander-in-chief's office said in a statement, adding search and rescue was ongoing. An airport source, who asked not to be named, said the plane was carrying 105 passengers and 11 crew members.