Myanmar military, fishermen find bodies in search for plane – Los Angeles Times

Fishermen joined navy and air force personnel Thursday in recovering bodies and aircraft parts from the sea off Myanmar, where a military plane carrying 122 people including 15 children crashed a day earlier, officials said.

The four-engine Chinese-made Y-8 turboprop aircraft had left Myeik, also known as Mergui, heading for Yangon on a route over the Andaman Sea. It was raining, but not heavily, at the time contact was lost with it at 1:35 p.m. Wednesday, when it was southwest of the city of Dawei, formerly known as Tavoy.

Win Lwin, a police officer in Laung Lone township, a landing point for recovery operations, said 28 bodies had been retrieved by mid-afternoon Thursday but had not yet made it to shore. More than 1,000 people gathered on the beach, including volunteers from dozens of community mutual aid societies with their vehicles.

The bodies were taken on larger boats and navy ships, and were supposed to be transferred to smaller vessels that could be offloaded at the beach in Laung Lone. However, heavy rains and choppy seas delayed the transfer.


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