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Myanmar military finds crashed plane, dead bodies in Andaman Sea

Myanmar military plane which went missing with 120 people on board.(File Photo) Photograph: (Reuters)

AFP Myanmar (Burma) Jun 08, 2017, 02.56 AM (IST)

Myanmar's military on Thursday said it has found the wreckage of a plane in the Andaman Sea that went missing with more than 120 people on board, including children.

"We have found the plane and some dead bodies this morning about 8.25 am (0155 GMT)," a spokesman for the military's information team told AFP.

Ships and planes scoured the coast of southern Myanmar on Wednesday after a military aircraft vanished over the Andaman Sea with 122 soldiers, family members and crew on board.

The Chinese-made Y-8-200F transport plane had left the coastal town of Myeik at 1:06 p.m (0636 GMT), heading north to Yangon, Myanmar's largest city. It was on a weekly military flight that was scheduled to stop at several coastal towns along the way.

The plane had lost contact 29 minutes after takeoff while flying at 18,000 feet (5,485 metres) over the Andaman Sea, about 43 miles (70 km) west of the town of Dawei.

(WION with agency inputs)

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