15 Passengers Survive As Military Aircraft Carrying 120 People Crashes in the Sea


Fifteen passengers have reportedly survived a plane crash after military aircraft carrying more than 100 people vanished over Myanmar.

Local media reported 120 servicemen and their families were on board the flight from Myeik to Yangon when it disappeared on Wednesday afternoon.

Debris from the aircraft was found near Dawei following reports the plane had crashed.

Fifteen people are said to have survived. No information is known on their condition.

The plane went missing at 1.35pm local time (7:05am UK time) as it flew from Myeik to Yangon, the country’s army said.

A Myanmar Air Force Shaanxi Y-8 plane is unloaded at Sittwe airport in Rakhine (Photo: AFP)

A major search and rescue effort has been scrambled to search for the plane, which was 20 miles west of Dawei over the Andaman Sea when it lost communication and vanished.

Officials told AFP news agency that debris from the Chinese-built Shaanxi Y-8 aircraft had been recovered from the water following unconfirmed reports it had crashed.

There are conflicting reports on the number of passengers as aviation officials said 105 people were on the flight but a military spokesman later declared it was 120.

The passengers are believed to be servicemen based in the coastal region of Myeik in the southeast Asian nation and their relatives and children.

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