Friday, June 9, 2017

Press Release 3/2017

 June 8, 2017
Republic of the Union of Myanmar

Office of the President

Press Release 3/2017

A military Y-8-200F transport plane No.5820 carrying 108 military family members and 14 crews and 2.4 tons of cargo left Myeik at 1.06 pm on 7th July 2017 and lost contact 29 minutes after takeoff while flying at 18,000 feet over the Andaman Sea, about 70 kilometers west of the town of Dawei.

After losing contact with the plane, rescue operations have been carried out as from 2 pm with the participation of the naval boats, airplanes for the Air Force, troops and local people. At 8:18 am on 8th June 2017, some debris from the plane, three bodies, two lifejackets and some clothes were found in the sea 14 miles west of Kyaunimaw Village and 22 miles south-west of Launglon and rescue operations are still being carried out.

With regard to this accident of the military transport aircraft, we wish to say to the families, relatives and friends of those who were killed and those who are missing that we are equally saddened with grief.

The rescue operations will continue to be carried out and assistance would be provided to the families of the victims.

(Unofficial Translation)

Ref; The Global New Light of Myanmar

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