Myanmar military plane crashes, killing 12
Published: 02:00 PM, 10 June 2021
At least 12 people were killed as a military plane crashed near Myanmar's second-biggest city of Mandalay on Thursday, the city's fire service said in a post on social media.
The military plane was traveling from the capital city Naypyidaw to the town of Pyin Oo Lwin and was coming in to land at around 08:00 am local time when it crashed about 984 ft from a steel plant, the military-owned Myawaddy television station reported.
The aircraft was carrying 14 people including six military personnel and also monks who were due to attend a ceremony at a Buddhist monastery, other media reports said.
There were no reports of casualties among people on the ground.
The pilot and one passenger survived and were taken to a military hospital, according to a resident and posting by a community group.
It was not immediately clear what had caused the crash. Myanmar has long had a poor air safety record. The country’s monsoon season has caused problems for commercial and military flights in the past.
A military plane crashed into the Andaman Sea in 2017, killing all 122 people on board in one of the deadliest aviation accidents in the country’s history. Authorities blamed bad weather.