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Part of Missing Myanmar Military Plane Carrying Over 100 Passengers Found in Andaman Sea

Parts of a military plane from Myanmar that went missing with at least 120 people aboard Wednesday have been found in the Andaman Sea, according to a media report.

Gen. Myat Min Oo said the Chinese-made Y-8 plane was carrying 106 passengers — mostly families of military personnel — and 14 crew members, the Associated Press reported. More than a dozen children were believed to be aboard, AFP reported.

Navy ships and aircraft have been searching for the plane which went off radar between the southern city of Myeik and the capital Yangon, officials said.

The office of military commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing said “communication was lost suddenly” at about 1:30 p.m. local time when the plane was about 20 miles west of Dawei, an hour’s flight south of Yangon, AFP reported.

The area is about 440 miles north of the last primary radar contact with Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which vanished on a flight from Malaysia to Beijing on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board, the AP reported. That plane is believed to have crashed into the Indian Ocean.

Naing Lin Zaw, a tourism official in Myeik, told AFP parts of Wednesday’s damaged plane were found in the sea 136 miles from Dawei.

It is monsoon season in Myanmar but there were no reports of bad weather when the plane went missing.

USA TODAY
JANE ONYANGA-OMARA

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