A Myanmar military plane carrying more than 100 soldiers and family members, including over a dozen children, went missing on Wednesday – and pieces of the aircraft were found in the Andaman Sea hours later.
The Y-8F-200 turboprop lost contact with air traffic controllers as it traveled north from the southern city of Myeik to Yangon. There were no reports of bad weather when the plane went missing.
It left Myeik at 1:06 p.m. on what officials described as a regular weekly flight.
“Now they have found pieces of the damaged plane in the sea 136 miles away from Dawei city,” said Naing Lin Zaw, a tourism official in Myeik.
Navy officials are still searching the area.
Conflicting reports put the number of passengers at either 105 or 106, with an additional 14 crew members.
The plane lost contact 29 minutes after takeoff and was flying 18,000 feet over the Andaman Sea.
“We don’t know what exactly happened to this plane after the loss of contact,” said Kyaw Kyaw Htey, a civil aviation official at Myeik airport.
The plane was purchased in March 2016 and clocked 809 flying hours. It was carrying 2.4 tons of supplies, the military said.
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