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  Revealed On 10 June,2021 11:23 am

A crew was in a position to rescue two passengers, who’ve been despatched to a close-by military hospital.

YANGO (AFP) – A Myanmar military plane crashed close to the central metropolis of Mandalay resulting from dangerous climate on Thursday, a junta spokesman mentioned, with conflicting reviews on casualties.

The plane, carrying six crew and eight passengers, together with an unnamed senior monk, left the capital Naypyidaw on Thursday morning for Pyin Oo Lwin, a city within the central area of Mandalay.

“It misplaced communications when it was 400 metres (1,300 ft) away from a metal manufacturing unit close to the airport,” at Pyin Oo Lwin, mentioned junta spokesman Zaw Min Tun in an announcement that attributed the crash to “dangerous climate”.

A crew was in a position to rescue two passengers, who’ve been despatched to a close-by military hospital.

No different particulars on casualties have been offered, with Zaw Min Tun including that emergency employees have been nonetheless on the scene.

Individually, a senior police official advised AFP that not less than seven folks — together with two senior monks — had died within the crash.

“One other lady is in important situation,” he mentioned, talking on situation of anonymity.

A later report on state-run Myawaddy tv additionally mentioned two folks had been rescued however didn’t point out any deaths.

Pyin Oo Lwin is dwelling to the Defence Providers Academy, the place the junta’s prime brass are educated. Junta chief Min Aung Hlaing is a graduate.

Earlier than the February 1 coup, wherein the military ousted civilian chief Aung San Suu Kyi from energy, plane crashes have been widespread in Myanmar resulting from its underdeveloped aviation sector.

Myanmar’s Buddhist monkhood led an earlier battle in opposition to military rule however is cut up on the coup that ended the nation’s nascent democracy, with some outstanding non secular leaders defending the brand new junta.

The military has sought to quell mass protests with bloody crackdowns which have killed greater than 800 civilians, in keeping with an area monitoring group.

This has prompted civilians in some townships to kind “defence forces”, whereas a few of Myanmar’s ethnic insurgent armies have stepped up offensives in opposition to the military.

Final month, the Kachin Independence Military — an ethnic insurgent group that has waged a a long time-lengthy insurgency in opposition to the military — downed a military helicopter throughout fierce clashes.

Myanmar’s monsoon season has precipitated issues for business and military flights up to now.

A military plane crashed into the Andaman Sea in 2017, killing all 122 folks on board in one of many deadliest aviation accidents within the nation’s historical past. Authorities blamed dangerous climate.

And in 2015, an Air Bagan passenger plane veered off the runway amid dangerous climate and heavy rain. A passenger and an individual on the bottom have been killed. 

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