A Myanmar military transport plane with 120 people on board has disappeared during a flight from southern Myanmar to Yangon.
There was a fear that he might have crashed into the ocean, since journey would have taken over the Andaman Sea.
General of Myat Min Oo said the Y-8 Chinese-made turboprop aircraft carried 106 passengers – mostly families of military personnel – and 14 crew members when it disappeared late Wednesday afternoon.
In an earlier statement, it was said that the number of passengers to be 90. It is not unusual for such flights to carry the civilian population to offset transportation costs for military families stationed in the somewhat remote south.
“The military aircraft disappeared and lost contact after taking off from Myeik, and now the military has begun a sea and air search with warships and military aircraft and is preparing for rescue operations,” he said.
An advertisement posted on the Facebook page of the commander of the military, General Min Aung Hlaing, said the flight took off from Myeik at 1:06 pm (local time) and contact with him was lost at 1:35 In the afternoon when it was believed to be about 32 kilometers west of Dawei, formerly known as Tavoy.
It was said that Myanmar had received the plane in March of last year, and since then had accumulated 809 hours of flight.
In a second announcement Wednesday night, the commander’s office said six Navy ships and three military aircraft were searching for the missing plane.