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Article published the Tuesday 25 December 2012 - Latest update : Tuesday 25 December 2012

Two French tourists injured in deadly plane crash in Myanmar

At least two people have died in a plane crash in eastern Myanmar

By RFI

Two French tourists are among those injured in a plane crash that killed at least two people and injured 11 others in eastern Myanmar.

Local officials say the Air Bagan flight, carrying 63 passengers, was attempting an emergency landing during heavy fog on Tuesday morning when it crashed into a field and burst into flames near Heho airport.

The airport is a gateway to the popular tourist destination of Inle Lake.

The airline says a Burmese tour guide on board the plane was killed, but did not verify earlier reports that an 11-year old boy was killed.

A motorcyclist on the ground also died.

Two Americans, two Britons, a Korean man and the plane’s two pilots were also among the injured, and are being treated in hospital.

A French embassy official in Rangoon confirmed two out of the “five to six” French nationals on board were injured.

The plane, an aging Fokker-100, was flying from Rangoon to Heho via Mandelay.
 

tags: Airplane - Burma - crash - France - Holidays - Myanmar
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