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Plane accident in Myanmar, 122 dead

Yangon, Myanmar - Wreckages of a military aircraft that disappeared yesterday were found at sea, on board also many civilians

The wreckages of a military airplane of Myanmar -previously known also as Burma- that disappeared from radars yesterday morning were found to sea out of Burmese shores. The aircraft -a Shaanxi Y-8F-200W of the Air Force of Myanmar, with registration number 5820- took off at 1:06 pm (local time) from the airport of Myeik -a town in the south of the Country- heading for Yangon with 108 passengers on board -military servicemen with their families- and 14 crew members. After about twenty minutes at 1:35 pm (local time) the airplane was flying at about 18.000 feet when it disappeared from radars. The searches started immediately, by ships and military aircraft. Finally in the afternoon according to local sources wrecks of the airplane were found at sea, at about two-hundred kilometers from the shore, off the town Dawei. It seems that the weather conditions were good. Local sources also report that other debris and some bodies were found today. The Y-8F-200W is a four-turbooprop high wing aircraft that was developed from the Russian Antonov An-12 and built by the Chinese company Shaanxi Aircraft Corporation. It has a wingspan of 38 meters, it is 34 meters long and has 4 turboprop engines. According to military sources the airplane that crashed would have been delivered in March and would have 809 flying hours.

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