Military Plane Goes Missing in Myanmar With 120 Aboard

YANGON — Ships and planes were scouring the coast of southern Myanmar on Wednesday after a military aircraft vanished over the Andaman Sea with 120 soldiers, family members and crew on board, the army and civil aviation officials said.

The Chinese-made Y-8-200F transport plane left the coastal town of Myeik at 1:06 p.m local time (2:36 a.m. ET), heading north to Myanmar’s largest city of Yangon on a regular weekly military flight that stops at several coastal towns along the way, officials said.

The plane lost contact 29 minutes after take-off while flying at 18,000 feet over the sea, about 43 miles west of the town of Dawei, the military said.

“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.

Image: A still image of a Y-8-200 F military aircraft

A still image taken from video released on June 7, 2017 shows the photograph of a Y-8-200 F military aircraft.