Five killed in military plane crash in Naypyidaw

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Five people were killed in a military plane crash in Naypyidaw on Wednesday morning, The Myanmar Times reported.

The Beechcraft passenger plane burst into flames and crashed shortly after taking off from Naypyidaw’s Ayelar Airport on a test flight. The plane was destined for Namhsan, Shan State, to assist with the aftermath of a fire there, according to an official from the Ministry of Transport.

The plane was designed to be used for emergency flights.

Five people were said to be on board the aircraft when it crashed south of Kyan Khin village in Lewe township. A major, two captains and one crew member were killed, while a lance corporal was rushed to the hospital with severe injuries and died a few hours later.

U Min Min Tun, an assistant director from the Ministry of Transport, said when the aircraft reached 500 feet, the pilot attempted to increase altitude but the power supply to the circuit board failed and the plane crashed.

The fatal incident occurred 9:40am, but it took around an hour to put out the flames.