Twelve People Are Killed in Myanmar Military Plane Crash

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Twelve people are killed when a Myanmar military plane crashed in the central region of the country on Thursday. This has been said by a spokesman for the junta.

The plane which has been carrying six crew and eight passengers has crashed near the city of Pyin Oo Lwin and this has been said by a spokesperson in a statement to journalists and has blamed the cause on bad weather.

In a statement, Zaw Min Tun has said that it has lost communications when it was 400 meters (1300 feet) away from the steel factory near the airport.

A senior monk was among those on the board and it was also added in the statement that a team had been able to rescue a sergeant and a boy who had been sent to the nearby military hospital.

It is also said in the statement that emergency workers are still on the scene. A picture has been posted on social media that showed the twisted body of a plane lying in a field.

The Buddhist monkhood in Myanmar led an earlier struggle against the military rule but they are split on the coup that has ended the nascent democracy of the country with some prominent religious leaders defending the new junta.

Pyin Oo Lwin is home to the Defense Services Academy where the top brass of the military is trained.
Junta leader Min Aung Hlaing, who ousted the civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi from power in the coup on 1st February is a graduate.

The military has sought to quell mass anti-junta protests with bloody crackdowns that have killed more than 80 civilians as the reports came according to a local monitoring group.

This has also prompted some of the civilians in few townships to form defense forces while the ethnic rebel armies of Myanmar have stepped-up offensive against the military.

The Kachin Independence Army which is an ethnic rebel group last month has waged a decade-long insurgency against the military and downed an army helicopter during the fierce clashes.

Plane crashes are quite common in Myanmar because of its underdeveloped aviation sector and the monsoon season of Myanmar has caused problems for military and commercial flights in the past.

A military plane has crashed into the Andaman Sea in 2017 and it has killed all the 122 people on board in one of the deadliest aviation accidents in the history of the country. The authorities blamed bad weather for the accident.

Again in 2015, an Air Bagan passenger plane veered off the runway amid heavy rain and bad weather. A passenger and also a person on the ground were killed.