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Aircraft crash: President’s Office offers condolences, 29 bodies recovered

A circle on a map provided by Burma's military indicates where aviation authorities lost contact with the aircraft.

The Burmese President’s Office has issued a statement expressing its condolences after a military aircraft carrying 122 persons went missing yesterday and presumably crashed into the Andaman Sea. Twenty-nine bodies and aircraft debris have now been recovered.

“The President’s Office would like to offer its deepest condolences to the families, relatives and friends of missing persons in the military aircraft accident,” the government statement read. “The search and assist mission will be fully supported.”

Meanwhile, the office of Burma’s commander-in-chief stated on its Facebook page this afternoon that: “A collaboration of naval vessels and local fishing boats has been undertaking the search and rescue operation. As of 3:30pm on 8 June, 29 bodies – one man, 20 women and eight children – have been recovered by the team.”

The remains were recovered at sea some 14 miles from Burma’s western coast and 22 miles from the town of Launglon. The plane, a Y-8-200F military aircraft, took off from the town of Myeik yesterday afternoon carrying 122 passengers, including 14 crew and staff. Many of the passengers were military family members.

The plane lost contact 29 minutes after take-off while flying at 18,000 feet (5,485 metres) over the Andaman Sea, an earlier military statement said, adding that a Burmese air force patrol had spotted evidence of oil on the surface of the water 16 miles from the port of Dawei, Tenasserim Division.

No announcement has been made as to the cause of the crash, and weather conditions were reported to be “normal” at the time of take-off.