Myanmar military plane crashes, killing 12...

Dhaka, Friday   25 June 2021

Myanmar military plane crashes, killing 12

 International Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 02:00 PM, 10 June 2021  

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

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. 

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