Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday expressed his grief over the tragic incident that took place yesterday when a Myanmar military aircraft crashed. PM Modi took to his Twitter account and wrote, “Deeply saddened at the tragic loss of Myanmar’s military transport plane. India stands ready to help in every way in the recovery efforts.” Myanmar’s Y-8-200 F army plane went missing on Wednesday at around 1:06 PM with 122 passengers on board. A search operation was immediately launched by the army and it continued throughout the night. According to media reports, the debris of the missing plane was later found in the Andaman Sea with several dead bodies to being located. The probe is underway to find out the reason of the crash. This can be done only when the investigators recover the black box.
Myanmar’s Y-8-200 F army plane is a Chinese-built military air carrier that was en route to Yangon from the coastal town of Myeik at the time when it went missing. According to an official military statement, as reported by Reuters, out of the total 122 passengers, there were 15 children along with 58 adults and 35 soldiers and army officers.
Here is PM Narendra Modi’s tweet-
As reported by Indian Express, the commander-in-chief’s office in his statement said, “Communication was lost suddenly at about 1:35 PM (07:05 GMT) when it reached about 20 miles west of Dawei town.” He also said that the search was underway.
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A Civil aviation official, Kyaw Kyaw Htey when asked about what went wrong with the plane, was quoted saying, “We don’t know what exactly happened to this plane after the loss of contact.” He further added that the weather was not clear at the time when the plane took off.