2 Dead in Myanmar Air Crash
A Myanmar private airline of Air Bagan with 71 people on board including 65 passengers, the F-100 aircraft of flight No. W-9011, which was bound for Heho from Yangon via Mandalay has crash-landed in the eastern state of Shan, killing two people and injuring dozens more.
Officials have said an engine fire may have forced the emergency landing.
The plane, a Fokker-100, was forced to make an emergency landing two miles (3.2 kilometers) from Heho airport, as the aircraft caught fire due to colliding with mountain rock under misty conditions.
Two pilots were injured, while one passenger, who is a an 11-year-old child, died, state TV said, adding that other 9 injured passengers including four foreigners were being brought to nearby hospital in Taunggyi for emergency treatment.
The passengers comprised of 51 foreign tourists without immediate identification, the sources said.
Two cyclists were knocked by the aircraft, while making the emergency landing on field, killing one of them and injuring the other, it added.
"The cause of the accident is not clear yet. Only the pilots will know the cause, but we can't contact them yet as they have been sent to hospital," an official said.
Following a slew of recent political reforms, Myanmar, also known as Burma, has seen an influx of tourists and business travellers after decades of military rule kept them away.
Air Bagan is one of several domestic carriers seeking to profit from the new tourist boom.
Air Bagan was the country's first privately run carrier when it was established in 2004, flying 20 destinations and is owned by Tay Za, a tycoon with links to the former military government.
- Asian Tribune -