Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Thai Black Hawk helicopter found near Myeik in Burma

Wednesday, 20 July 2011 22:08 Myo Thant

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – The Thai Army Black Hawk helicopter that crashed in bad weather in a forest in Burma near the Thai border on Tuesday afternoon has been found near Myeik in Burma.

A Thai Black Hawk helicopter like the one that crashed
in Burma on Tuesday. Photo: AFP
The Thai Rath news agency said the helicopter was found near the Burmese battalion No. 101 near Myeik, which is one mile from the Thai-Burmese border.

Thai authorities are waiting for permission to recover the bodies of the nine people killed in the crash.

The Black Hawk was carrying nine people including a major general who commanded the elite 9th Infantry Division, two captains and a video journalist. It was flying in connection with the retrieval of the bodies of five soldiers who were killed in an earlier crash of a Huey helicopter in Kaeng Krachan National Park in Ratchaburi Province in Thailand on Saturday.

The crash occurred about 12:30 a.m. local time on Tuesday. The commander of Thailand’s Brigade No.1 said that the crash was caused by bad weather.

On Wednesday, a plane carried the bodies of the five army personnel killed in the Saturday crash to Ratchburi in Thailand, according to Thai newspapers.

Early Wednesday, Thai newspapers reported that 60 Thai soldiers went to the Myeik District on the Burmese side of the border to search for the bodies in the Tuesday crash.

The Black Hawk helicopter had been in service for seven years and according to a recent inspection was in perfect condition, said Thai newspapers.

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