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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Tatmadaw transportation plane Y-8 missing; search and rescue operations under way




Nay Pyi Taw June 8

The Tatmadaw welfare transportation plane (Y-8-200 F No. 5820) carrying 108 military personnel and family members and 14 crew members and about 2.4 tons of cargo on board started flying from Myeik to Yangon at 1.06 pm yesterday in accordance with the route Yangon-Myeik-Pokkpyin-Myeik-Yangon. While the aircraft was flying at an altitude of 18,000 feet, it lost contact with the Dawei Air-port at 195° southwest of Dawei about 43 miles from the town at 1.35 pm.

After losing contact with the aircraft, Air Force aircraft, Navy vessels and ground troops conducted search and rescue operations at a place between 13.48 degrees north latitude and 98.02 degrees east longitude where contact from the plane was last received. There was certain degree of waves at the sea during the time the incident occurred. When the weather became fine at about 6 pm local vessels joined in the search and rescue operations. Currently, nine Navy vessels, three Air Force planes and ground troops are carrying out search and rescue work in cooperation with local vessels.

The plane, Y-8-200 F, arrived in March last year. It had 809 flying hours in the service of Air Force. It was operated by seasoned pilot Officiating Lt-Col Nyein Chan with 3,162 flying hours, co-pilot Officiating Lt-Col Soe Thu Win with 3,161 flying hours, co-pilot Maj Thant Zin Htay with 2,403 flying hours and flight engineer Capt Kyaw Soe. It has a 14-member flight crew. Passengers were 35 officers and other ranks and 15 children (6 boys, 9 girls) and 58 adults (13 men, 45 women) who were families members totaling 108.

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