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Myanmar military plane carrying 120 goes missing

A navy ship found bodies and aircraft parts in the seas off Myanmar while searching Thursday morning for a military transport plane carrying 120 people, a spokesman said.

The debris - including two tires presumed to be from the plane were brought to shore before search efforts wrapped for the day - was found in the Andaman Sea, north of the last known location of Malaysia Airlines flight 370.

Evidence consisting of plane debris and bodies have been found on the Andaman sea pointing to the possibility that the Myanmar missing military plane indeed crashed.

Gathering at the Myeik Air Force Base earlier this afternoon, senior officers from the military, navy, and air force met with the families of the passengers who were on board the military plane that crashed yesterday.

The Facebook page of the military commander in chief says the plane carried 14 crew members, 35 military personnel and 58 other adults. General Myat Min Oo said the military has begun a sea and air search with naval ships and military aircraft.

"Some were on their way for medical checkups and to attend school", a spokesman from the army's information team said.

The missing plane is a Y-8F-200 four-engine turboprop, a Chinese-made model still commonly used by Myanmar's military for transporting cargo.A former executive at Myanmar's aviation ministry said it was one of China's most popular military and civilian transport aircraft.

"We don't know what exactly happened to this plane after it lost contact", said Kyaw Kyaw Htey, a civil aviation official at Myeik airport. A search operation was immediately launched by the army and it continued throughout the night.

April 10, RUSSIA: A Tu-154 carrying 96 people, including Polish president Lech Kaczynski and top political and military personalities crashes while trying to land near the western Russian city of Smolensk, killing all on board.

Three bodies - those of two adults and a child - were found by a navy ship 35km from the southern costal town of Launglon, the military said.

It said Myanmar had received the plane in March past year, and since then it had logged 809 flying hours.

Five military personnel were killed last February after an air force aircraft crashed in the country's capital, Naypyidaw, according to media reports. In many cases, the bodies were not recovered whole, said a military officer involved in the recovery operation.

The Myanmar plane was carrying 116 people and it went missing between the southern city of Myeik and Yangon.

In 2012, a commercial aircraft of Air Bagan burst into flames and killed 2 people after making an emergency landing.



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