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Crash of a Shaanxi Y-8F-200W into the Andaman Sea: 122 killed

Accident description

  • Jun 7, 2017 at 1335 LT
  • 5820
  • Flight
  • Military
  • No
  • Lake, Sea, Ocean
  • Mergui – Yangon
  • MAR2016
  • Andaman Sea, World
  • World
  • 14
  • 14
  • 108
  • 108
  • 0
  • 122
  • 809
  • The aircraft left Mergui (Myeik) Airport at 1306LT bound for Yangon, carrying soldiers and their family members. While cruising at an altitude of 18,000 feet in good weather conditions, radar contact was lost with the airplane that went out of control and crashed in unknown circumstances into the Andaman Sea at 1335LT. SAR operations were conducted and first debris were found at the end of the afternoon about 218 km off the city of Dawei, according of the Myanmar Army Chief of Staff. It is believed that none of the occupants survived the crash. Brand new, the aircraft has been delivered to the Myanmar Air Force in March 2016. The Shaanxi Y-8 is a Chinese version of the Antonov AN-12 built post 2010. The tail of the aircraft was found a week later and both CFR and DFDR were recovered and transmitted to the Army for further investigations.