Myanmar military plane pieces found in sea

Myanmar military plane pieces found in sea

PanARMENIAN.Net - Pieces of a Myanmar military plane which went missing with more than 100 soldiers and family members aboard were found in the Andaman Sea late Wednesday, June 7, a local official said, according to AFP

Navy ships and aircraft had been searching since the afternoon when the plane lost contact with air traffic controllers.

More than a dozen children were believed to be among the passengers on the plane travelling from the southern city of Myeik to Yangon.

"Now they have found pieces of the damaged plane in the sea 136 miles (218 km) away from Dawei city," said Naing Lin Zaw, a tourism official in Myeik, adding the navy was still searching the sea.

An air force source confirmed to AFP that a navy search and rescue ship had found pieces of the plane in the sea an hour's flight south of Yangon, Myanmar's commercial capital.

The commander in chief's office said the plane lost contact at about 1:35 pm (07:05 GMT) off Myanmar's southern coast.

There was conflicting information about the number of people on board.

Giving an updated figure, the office said 106 passengers were on board -- soldiers and family members -- along with 14 crew.

The air force source said more than a dozen of those on board were children.

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