A metal structure assumed to be a part of an aircraft or satellite fell down near Hmawsizar Village in Hpakant Township yesterday. The cylinder-shaped structure, 4-feet in diameter and 15-feet in length, fell on the property of a jade mining company and bounced up to 150 feet away, according to members of the Defence Services who are stationed in the region. Local residents reported hearing a loud noise shortly before the metal object was found. At about the same time, another cylindrical metal structure about 0.8 inch in diameter and 4.6 inches in length bearing Chinese characters tore through the roof of the home of U Thaung Yin Kyu in Aungbarle Village in Longkin Village-tract. The roof was damaged, but there were no injuries, authorities said.
The metal objects are assumed to be part of a satellite or the engine parts of a plane or missile, authorities said. China’s Xinhua News Agency at 11:11am yesterday announced that the country had recently launched a satellite. It could not be confirmed whether the launch of the satellite and the metal objects found in Kachin State were related. — Myawady