The bodies of children have been found on a rescue mission after a Burmese military plane carrying 122 people vanished yesterday afternoon.
The aircraft had taken off from Myanmar – formerly Burma – and was heading from the coastal town of Myeik to the south east Asian city of Yangon.
The Chinese-made Y-8-200F transport plane was carrying 108 soldiers, their family members and 14 crew.
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This morning, according to the Bangkok Post ,the military confirmed 10 bodies had been found, including six adults and four children.
A navy ship discovered three of the bodies – including two adults and a child – 22 miles from the southern costal town of Launglon, alongside a wheel identified as belonging to the plane.
A coastal rescue mission is currently ongoing, with nine navy ships, five military planes and two helicopters being mobilised on Thursday to search for the missing aircraft, as well as 500 people, including medics and emergency officials, who are scouring the shores for clues.
The aircraft lost contact just 29 minutes after takeoff as it flew 18,000 feet over the Andaman sea.
A civil aviation official said the weather was ‘normal’ with good visibility, telling AFP:
We think it was a technical failure.