A military plane crash in Myanmar has left 13 people dead, including two senior monks, reports said today. The crash took place near the city of Mandalay due to bad weather conditions. The plane was travelling from the country’s capital Naypyidaw to Pyin Oo Lwin, a town in the central region of Mandalay.
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A junta spokesman, Zaw Min Tun, said that the plane lost contact with when it was 400 metres (1,300 feet) away from a steel factory near the airport. Later, it crashed due to bad weather.
There have been conflicting reports on deaths, with some media channels reporting all dead except the two who were seen being taken to the hospital by the rescue team.
There were 8 passengers and 7 crew on the board.
Pyin Oo Lwin, from where the plane embarked on its journey, is home to the Defence Services Academy, where the junta’s elite brass is trained.