Updated: Five Dead as Military Plane Crashes in Naypyidaw

By The Irrawaddy 10 February 2016

RANGOON — A Beechcraft airplane from Burma’s air force crashed near Naypyidaw International Airport at around 10 am on Wednesday. According to a Ministry of Information report, one major, two captains and two other crew members were on board.

All five were confirmed as deceased on Wednesday afternoon. Lance-Corporal Hla Win Tun, who initially survived the crash, succumbed to his injuries at around noon, according to the Office of the Commander-in-Chief.

It is the second known air force crash in recent years. In 2014, a MiG-29 fighter jet from Magwe Air Force Headquarters went down during flight practice, damaging the jet, but causing no casualties. The pilots, Colonel Hlaing Myint and Major Kyaw Zin Thant, survived the incident by ejecting themselves from the aircraft.

This article was updated on Wednesday afternoon to reflect the fact that a fifth person was confirmed deceased. It was also updated to amend Hla Win Tun’s position to that of lance corporal.