Friday, February 22

Broken Plane

Air Bagan has suspended its flights to Putao in Northern Burma’s Kachin State from today after an aircraft broke into two while taking off in Putao airport on Tuesday.

On February 19, an Air Bagan plane, ATR 72, failed to take off and broke into two. The aircraft overran about 300 feet off the airport’s runway. Air Bagan’s owner Tayza has left for Putao to inspect the plane.

There were six foreign tourists along with two officials of the American embassy in the aircraft, sources in the airline said.

While the pilot broke his hand, the rest of the 57 passengers were reportedly unhurt.

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