Two killed as plane lands in Myanmar rice field

Last updated 05:00 26/12/2012

Relevant offers

Asia

UN Security Council holds emergency session on North Korea rocket launch Rescuers in Taiwan pull out survivors from earthquake rubble after building collapse South Korea media agency says North Korea's launch 'may have failed' New Zealand joins international chorus of condemnation against North Korea missile launch Magnitude 6.4 earthquake hits southern Taiwan Royal baby fever in Bhutan as new crown prince is born Suicide bomber kills eight, injures dozens in Pakistan city of Quetta Disposal of fireworks materials kills eight in southwest China Sweden's IKEA loses right to use its own name in Indonesia Sakurajima volcano erupts spectacularly in southern Japan

Two people were killed and 10 wounded in northeast Myanmar when a passenger plane missed an airport runway in heavy fog and landed in a rice paddy, state television said.

The pilot of the Air Bagan plane touched down beyond Heho airport in Shan state, killing one passenger and a motorcyclist on the ground, MRTV said.

MRTV had earlier reported the dead passenger was an 11-year-old boy but the airline later confirmed the deceased was a female tour guide.

Four foreigners -- two Americans, a South Korean and a Briton -- and the pilot were among the injured. The plane was carrying 63 passengers, 51 of whom were foreigners.

Air Bagan is one of five airlines operating domestic routes in Myanmar.

Owned by Tay Za, a local tycoon blacklisted by the United States for his alleged links to former military regime, Air Bagan was the country's first privately run carrier when it was established in 2004.

Ad Feedback

- Reuters

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content