June 29, 2017

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Three more bodies, tail section of missing Y-8 plane found

Above left, the military transport plane that took off from southern Myanmar and disappeared shortly after takeoff on 7 June. Upper right, an underwater photo taken by military divers of the tail section of the missing plane found near Dawei. Lower right, personal belongings found yesterday, including identification cards, banks cards, currency and jewelry. Photo: MNA

Three more bodies believed to have been on board the military transport plane that crashed on 7 June were found yesterday, but after over a week in the sea, their condition made them unidentifiable, authorities said.
Also retrieved yesterday was the tail piece of the airplane bearing the serial code 5820.
The three bodies were found yesterday by search parties along the Maungmakan-Mayingyi coast in the Taninthayi Region yesterday morning, bringing the total number of bodies found to 90.
The Chinese-made Y-8-200F transport plane disappeared early in the afternoon on 7 June while flying at 18,000 feet on a weekly flight from several southern coastal towns to Yangon. The cause of the crash has yet to be determined.
There were 122 people on board including crew, families and military personnel.
Military forces on land, air and sea and local volunteers in fishing boats continued their search for possible survivors and remains of victims of the crash.  Also found yesterday by a search party of local residents was a travelling bag, one official-level identification card, two national registration cards, clothes, jewelry and money notes in an area 10 miles south of Laung Lone Bote Island.
The state of the three bodies discovered yesterday was such that it was difficult to distinguish whether they were male or female, officials said. The bodies were sent to Dawei Military Hospital for identification. Eighteen bodies that were previously identified were given a proper burial yesterday in the presence of family members.
Search parties also found a part of the missing plane yesterday. At about 5pm, the Aung Thuka, a civilian fishing boat manned by local residents, reported that their nets had caught something some 7.5 miles away from Myinkwaror, Dawei.
Two navy vessels in the vicinity sent their divers to inspect the area after sonar scans verified the unusual item caught in the net at a depth of 35 meters.
The item turned out to be the tail piece of the missing Y-8 plane with its serial code 5820 on it.  The search for the remaining bodies and the rest of the plane continues amid heavy rain and high seas during Myanmar’s monsoon season.—Myanmar News Agency

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