A military aircraft belonging to the Myanmar Army disappeared Wednesday afternoon over Andaman Sea. Different reports indicate that there were anywhere from 100 to 120 military personnel, family members, and flight crew aboard when it went missing. One source within the airport that has requested anonymity claims the aircraft left with 105 passengers and 11 crew members.
Unconfirmed reports indicate that as many as a dozen children were among the passengers on the flight, believed to be family members of military personnel that were also on board.
“We don’t know what exactly happened to this plane after the loss of contact,” said Kyaw Kyaw Htey, a civil aviation official at Myeik airport.
Regional media has indicated that debris has been spotted in the Andaman Sea between southern city of Myeik and its destination in Yangon, indicating that the aircraft likely went down soon after losing contact with air traffic control towers at about 1:35PM local time. The plane was flying at an altitude of approximately 18,000 feet when it lost contact with radio operators. Search and rescue efforts are underway, but no survivors have been reported thus far.