3 killed in military helicopter crash


YANGON — Three Tatmadaw officers were killed when their helicopter crashed into a hillside and burst into flames in the country’s central region Tuesday, the military said in a statement.

The MI2 helicopter went down mid-morning after it hit poor weather in Bago Region, according to the statement released by the office of the army’s commander-in-chief.

It was flying south from Meiktila to an air base near Yangon, the former capital and largest city.

“All three crew members… who were on board died on the spot,” the statement said.

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“Authorities plan to investigate the cause of helicopter crash,” it added.

A senior military officer from the army chief’s office confirmed the accident but did not provide any further details.

Myanmar has a busy aviation sector, partly to compensate for the country’s poor road and rail infrastructure.

In February, all five crew died when a Myanmar air force plane crashed in the Nay Pyi Taw soon after take-off.

Last year an Air Bagan ATR 72 twin-engine turboprop carrying 49 passengers skidded off the runway after landing during heavy rain at Yangon International Airport.

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