Air KBZ Plane Evacuated After Wheels Overheat at Rangoon Airport

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An Air KBZ plane refuels at Rangoon International Airport. (Photo: JPaing / The Irrawaddy)

RANGOON — An Air Kanbawza (Air KBZ) airplane was evacuated on the runway of the Rangoon International Airport on Tuesday morning, after smoke began to rise from its wheels while taxiing, according to a statement.

The statement posted on Air KBZ’s official Facebook page said the aircraft was readying to take off on a domestic flight to Heho in Shan State at 7:51 am when its wheels overheated.

All 65 passengers were transferred to another plane after the “technical error,” the statement said, adding that no one was hurt.

“It happened before the takeoff. The wheels got overheated on the runway,” said the Air KBZ general Manager Myat Thu.

Burmese airline Air KBZ is owned by Kanbawza Bank, and part of business empire of tycoon Aung Ko Win. The bank also owns an 80 percent stake in Myanmar Airways International, the country’s international flag-carrying airline, in which the Burma government is the other shareholder.

Burma’s domestic airlines have a patchy safety record, and in December 2012, an Air Bagan flight crash landed near Heho airport, killing one passenger and a motorcyclist who was hit by the aircraft. According to a recent report from Reuters, there were four serious accidents in 2012 among the small number of airlines flying domestic routes in Burma.

2 Responses to Air KBZ Plane Evacuated After Wheels Overheat at Rangoon Airport

  1. Re this mishap with KBZ aircraft, the root of the problem , may I say at the risk of being branded a dyed in the wool nay sayer, lies with the late U Ne Win , who was always obsessed with consolidation of power, who staffed high positions with the dumbest of the batch.

    What he did was a diametrically opposite policy of that of Singpore where meritocracy is the order of the day.

    In the end , our country is now suffering in the hands of under performing managers, low quality engineers, dithering doctors and a handful of ‘ tycoons ‘ who are actually fences for the stealing and theiving military.

  2. If you want to die, take these airplanes and fly around. Poorly maintained aircraft must not be my choice for traveling because I do not want to die yet. Maybe, Than Shwe and his family, Thein Sein and his family, Shwe Mann and his family, and Min Aung Hlaing and his family fly around and crash somewhere in Myanmar. It will be like sending them to Hell alive.

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