YANGON, Myanmar, June 12 Myanmar rescuers have
recovered the bodies of about half of the 122 people who were on
board a military plane that went missing after it crashed into
the Andaman Sea last week, the army said on Monday.
The Chinese-made Y-8-200F transport plane crashed into the
sea last Wednesday when it was carrying 122 soldiers, family
members and crew on a weekly flight from several coastal towns
to Myanmar's largest city, Yangon.
The number of bodies retrieved so far rose to 62 on Monday
as the hunt for the plane stretched into a sixth day, the
military said on its official Facebook page. Nine children were
among those found.
While the cause of the incident has yet to be confirmed,
Myanmar's Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing said on Sunday
there was "a very big cloud" near the plane crash site,
according to his official Facebook page.
He did not elaborate.
"The crashed plane was expected to be found soon as it
crashed in the country's territory and some evidences were
collected," he said.
Myanmar authorities had rejected offers of help from several
countries including China, the state-run newspaper Global New
Light of Myanmar said on Sunday.
Some bodies pulled from the waters off Myanmar's southern
coast were cremated last week as relatives and friends mourned
the identified victims in the coastal town of Dawei.
Aircraft accidents, involving both civilian and military
planes, are not uncommon in the Southeast Asian country.
A military helicopter crashed last June, killing three
military personnel. Five were killed in February last year when
an air force aircraft crashed in the capital, Naypyitaw, media
(Reporting By Yimou Lee and Wa Lone; Editing by Paul Tait)