A senior official from Myanmar’s Civil Aviation Department in Yangon said “an unidentified aircraft” has crashed into the sea off the west coast on Friday (Oct 28) and authorities were trying to locate it.

  • UPDATE 0950 UTC Myanmar ‘missing aircraft’ search cancelled after no evidence to support claims.
  • UPDATE 0910 UTC Myint Kyaw, the spokesman for the Information Ministry, denied any crash had taken place after checking with the Ministry of Transport and Communication.
  • UPDATE 0811 UTC Civil Aviation Department staff in the area had been sent to investigate and were expected to report back at around 3 p.m. (0830 UTC).

“The only thing I can tell you for sure at the moment is that it is not an aircraft from our domestic airlines, so far as we’ve checked,” senior department official Tin Maung Ni told Reuters.

“None of ours have been reported any problems. We’re still trying to find out more about the crashed aircraft.”

Authorities were alerted to the crash by regional “sources”.

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