Burma

Myanma Airways Grounds MA60s after Landing Mishaps

By The Associated Press 11 June 2013

RANGOON — Burma’s state airline says it will stop flying its Chinese-made MA60 planes following its second accident with the turboprop model in less than a month.

Myanma Airways administration manager Hla Htay Aung said Tuesday that the airline will ground its three MA60s for the time being. One swerved off the runway Monday while landing in Kawthaung in southeastern Burma, causing no injuries but damaging both propellers.

Another Myanma Airways MA60 shot past the end of the runway on May 16 at Monghsat in northern Shan State when its brakes reportedly failed. A wing and a wheel were damaged, and two passengers suffered broken arms.

A MA60 operated by Indonesian state-run Merpati Nusantara Airlines landed hard Monday in Indonesia’s East Nusa Tenggara provincial capital of Kupang, injuring several people on board.

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