Fishing boat hooks tail of crashed Myanmar plane

2017-06-15 21:03
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Debris and bodies found following reports of Myanmar missing military plane

2017-06-08 14:55

Debris from a Myanmar missing military plane was has been found. Watch.WATCH

Yangon - A fishing boat on Thursday found the tail of a Myanmar military plane that crashed last week with 122 people on board.

The aircaft plunged into the sea during a routine flight from the southern city of Myeik to Yangon last week. Most passengers were the wives and children of servicemen.

So far 90 bodies have been pulled from the Andaman Sea after the military sent boats and planes to scour the waters, aided by local vessels.

Army chief Min Aung Hlaing said a fishing boat that was helping with the search discovered the plane's tail off Myin Khwar Aww bay, not far from the southern town of Dawei.

The fishing boat snagged the piece of debris in its net.

No major storms

Navy divers later confirmed the part was "the tail of Y-8 5820 plane with its logo," his office added in a statement.

There has been no official explanation for the cause of the crash - one of several deadly incidents involving Myanmar military aircraft in recent years.

Min Aung Hlaing has suggested it may have been caused by bad weather, but there were no reports of major storms along the plane's flight path when it disappeared.

The Chinese-made Shaanxi Y-8 four-engine turboprop aircraft was less than two years old and had only flown about 800 hours, according to Myanmar's military.

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