Military Aircraft has crashed, leaving 12 people dead.
Onyxnews reports that the military plane was carrying six military personnel and also monks who were due to attend a ceremony at a Buddhist monastery, other media reports stated.
A spokesman for Myanmar’s military, Zaw Min Tun, said the plane had “lost communications” during bad weather. Emergency workers were still on the scene, he said.
Among the victims was one of Myanmar’s most influential Buddhist monks – Abhisheka Maha Rattha Guru Bhatanda Kavisara, according to the Irrawaddy news website. The monk is venerated by the Myanmar military, it reported.
A second monk, two lieutenant commanders and two captains also died, Irrawaddy said. Onyxnews reports that there were no reports of casualties among people on the ground.
The pilot and one passenger survived the military plane crash and were taken to a military hospital, according to a resident and posting by a community group.
Photographs on social media sighted by Onyxnews reporter, showed a badly damaged fuselage lying on its side.
Military plane crash in Myanmar
Meanwhile, Myanmar has been in turmoil since a military coup removed the elected government led by Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1, with daily protests in towns and cities and fighting in borderlands between the military and ethnic minority militias.
The Kachin Independence Army – an ethnic rebel group that has waged a decades-long armed uprising against the military – downed an army helicopter during fierce clashes in May.