Plane Crash-Lands on Road: Airliner Caught Fire in Myanmar on Christmas Day

By on Dec 26, 2012 in Asia, World Comments

Christmas Day 2012 ended on a sad note for tourists on board an airliner that crash-lands on road in Central Myanmar on Tuesday, December 25, 2012.

Airliner crash-lands on road

Air Bagan Plane
Image Credit: Air Bagan on Facebook

The plane-crash incident involving an Air Bagan flight has claimed the lives of an airline crew and a certain U Pyar, who was hit by the plane while riding a motorcycle on the road.

A press release by Air Bagan on Facebook explained that their Fokker 100 plane made the emergency landing when the “aircraft caught fire.”

Air Bagan flight W9-011 from Mandalay City was on its way to Heho airport in Shan state. The airline was carrying 65 airline passengers that include 51 foreigners and six airline crew members .

Meanwhile, four of the listed injured passengers were foreigners.

Below is the complete press release of Air Bagan, published on Facebook.

An accident happened to Air Bagan flight W9-011 during landing near Heho airport at 08:50 a.m. on 25 December 2012. The Fokker 100 aircraft was carrying 65 passengers, 6 crew members including a pilot and a co-pilot.

The emergency exit was opened as soon as the aircraft landed in the nearby field and passengers were evacuated by our cabin crew. Eight passengers were injured as the aircraft caught fire and were taken to the nearest Sao San Tun hospital in Taung Gyi for treatment.

Ma Nwe Lin Shein, a tour guide, was identified as the only fatality on board. U Pyar who was travelling on a motor cycle on the ground was hit by the aircraft as it landed and was killed.

Twenty six of the passengers were brought back to Yangon on a special flight arranged by Air Bagan and were taken to Victoria hospital for medical check-up. They will be accommodated at the Kandawgyi Palace Hotel after being discharged from the hospital tonight. All remaining passengers including the eight injured ones will be arriving Yangon tonight on Air Bagan special flight.

Air Bagan deeply regret the deaths of two persons and tender its condolences to the bereaved families.

We apologize to all passengers and their families for the inconvenience caused by the accident. We will provide every help and assistance that the passengers might need during their time at Kandawgyi Palace Hotel.

Air Bagan in collaboration with the Ministry of Transport is investigating into the cause of the accident. We will take full responsibility for all passengers and will release further information as we received it.

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