October 20, 2017

Too Close to the Sun

Five killed in Air Force plane crash

A solider looks on the site of a military plane crash near Nay Pyi Taw Airport on 10 February 2016. Photo: Kyaw Ye Swe
A solider looks on the site of a military plane crash near Nay Pyi Taw Airport on 10 February 2016. Photo: Kyaw Ye Swe

AN Air Force aircraft crashed at 9:45am yesterday morning near Nay Pyi Taw airport, killing five people.
The mid-sized Beech-1900 D Type crashed while conducting a regular flight check. The aircraft crashed into a field between Thegon and Kyangin villages in Lewe Township, 2,000 feet from the northern end of the runway of Naw Pyi Taw Airport.
The plane crashed killed a major, who was the pilot; two captains, who were the co-pilots; and one squadron sergeant, who was a crew member, on the spot. A lance corporal, also a crew member, was injured in the crash and later succumbed to the injuries at the Defence Services General Hospital in Nay Pyi Taw at around 12pm.
A fault-finding mission is inspecting the plane’s Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) and Flight Data Recorder (FDR) to investigate the plane crash.—Myanmar News Agency

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