Burma Army Searches for Missing Military Plane Carrying 104 Passengers

By The Irrawaddy & Reuters 7 June 2017

RANGOON — The Burma Army searched for a missing military aircraft carrying 14 crew and 90 military staff members and their families flying between Tanintharyi Division’s Myeik and Rangoon on Wednesday afternoon, according to a Burma Army Commander-in-Chief’s office Facebook post.

Four military boats and two aircraft began searching for the Y-8 military transport plane after contact was lost 32 kilometers west of Tanintharyi Division’s Dawei at 1:35 p.m.

The Chinese-made plane was acquired in March 2016 and had a total of 809 flying hours. It was also carrying 2.4 tons of supplies, according to the military statement.

Kyaw Kyaw Htey, a civil aviation official at Myeik airport, said the weather had been “normal” with good visibility when the plane took off.

A map of the plane’s last location. (Photo: Commander-in-Chief’s Office / Facebook)