The UN High Commissioner for Refugees said on Monday it was concerned about the safety of 56 Rohingya refugees from Burma on a boat bound for Malaysia in stormy seas.
The G-4 fighter jet was 38 miles into a 100-mile flight from Pathein to Hinthada when it lost communication with ground staff.
The ill-fated, Chinese-manufactured Y-8-200F aircraft was en route to Rangoon from Myeik when it went missing last week.
As search efforts entered their third day on Friday, Burma’s military said it had recovered the bodies of 31 men, women and children from the military aircraft that crashed into the Andaman Sea earlier this week, with hopes fading for the survival of any of the 122 passengers onboard.
Thai provinces on the Andaman coast are keen to expand maritime tourism to Burma as part of regional efforts to draw more tourists to the two countries.
Sabotage and hijacking have reportedly not been ruled out as radar-tracking evidence suggests a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner was deliberately flown across the Malay peninsula towards the Andaman Islands.