Also this week, the regime’s attorney-general offered a legal defense of the coup, and the Myanmar Air Force left the junta chief red-faced.
The junta said the crash was caused by a technical failure during a training mission; the plane was based in Mandalay Region and went down in a lake in Sagaing Region.
Regime air raids have killed scores of civilians and displaced tens of thousands more.
This week the junta claimed devastated Kayah was at peace, and that the NLD, whose leaders are in jail, can operate as usual; it also unveiled plans for a big parade.
Myanmar’s air force chief Maung Maung Kyaw has retired as the junta relies increasingly on airstrikes to support its struggling ground troops.
This week, the regime made amateurish attempts to discredit the silent strike and manipulate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and dealt another blow to the devastated health sector.