Bad Weather Found Culprit in Myanmar Plane Crash that Killed 122 People

Bad weather has been found to be the culprit for causing the military plane crash in Myanmar last month, as stated by state Media.

No one survived the plane crash of the Chinese made aircraft that happened on June 7 in the Andaman Sea.

Investigators have found that the aircraft entered a thick storm cloud and the pilot lost control of the aircraft.

According to state media, ice had accumulated on the wings and the aircraft stalled due to sudden cross winds.

In the aviation history of the country it is considered as the worst disaster.

The plane crash was a Y-8 transporter which was made in China and was flying with 14 crew members.

Most of the passengers in the aircraft were military personnel and family members and their children.

The month of June is a monsoon season in Myanmar, however, weather forecast did not reported any bad weather during the time of the flight.

It was a short, routine trip and the communication was lost half an hour into the flight.

The investigators studied the data from the black boxes and concluded that the airplane crash was not due to engine failure, explosion or an act of sabotage.

The debris of the plane crash was found in the sea off the coastal town of Dawei as it was flying from Myeik to Yangon.

It is not yet clear as to why the pilot flew the airplane into the storm. The weather radar gives information of the bad clouds present ahead in the flight path.

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In recent years a number of plane crashes have taken place in Myanmar.

  • In February 2016, a plane crashed in the capital of Nay Pyi Taw killing few crew members of the air force plane.

  • A military helicopter crashed in central Myanmar just few months later and three officers were killed in it.

  • In 2012, a commercial aircraft from Air Bagan made an emergency landing and burst into flames. Two people were killed in this incident.

Source: BBC

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