Girl, 2 pilots die as Myanmar military plane crashes

A 10-year-old girl and two pilots as two military planes crashed in separate incidents in Central Myanmar on Tuesday, officials said.

The military was not immediately available for comment while Deputy Director-General of the Department of Civil Aviation, Ye Htet who confirmed the crashes, said he was unable to give further comment as it was a matter for the military.

Two China-made F-7 planes used for training, crashed in separate places in Minbu Township, 170 kilometres from the capital, Naypyitaw, due to bad weather, a military statement on the Commander-in-Chief’s website said.

The pilots were killed on impact while the 10-year-old girl sustained injuries after being hit by debris and was rushed to the hospital, where she later died.

The first plane crashed at 7.25 a.m. and the second one at 7.45 a.m., according to local media.

Photos shared on social media showed debris strewn over a large area.

A local lawmaker said the air force had asked him to check with a weather station for adverse conditions but reported that the weather was fair.

Military plane crashes are relatively common in Myanmar.

In June 2017, 122 military personnel and their families were killed when their plane crashed into the Andaman Sea.

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