Black box from crashed Myanmar army plane retrieved

A Myanmar navy boat is seen searching for the plane's wreckage near Laung Lone township, Dawei city in southern Tanintharyi region on June 9, 2017.
A Myanmar navy boat is seen searching for the plane's wreckage near Laung Lone township, Dawei city in southern Tanintharyi region on June 9, 2017.PHOTO: EPA
Myanmar military family members crying during their relatives' funerals in Dawei on June 9, 2017.
Myanmar military family members crying during their relatives' funerals in Dawei on June 9, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

YANGON (REUTERS) - Search teams retrieved the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder from a Myanmar army plane that crashed into the Andaman Sea , the Myanmar military said on Sunday (June 18).

The Chinese-made Y-8-200F transport plane, with 122 soldiers, family members and crew on board, disappeared on June 7 while flying at 18,000 feet (5,485 metres) on a weekly flight from several southern coastal towns to Myanmar's largest city, Yangon. The cause of the crash has yet to be determined.

Since then, the military has recovered 92 bodies during its search operations and has found the personal belongings of some passengers and crew, as well as several pieces of debris.

The military said on its official Facebook page on Sunday that the cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder - both crucial to explaining what went wrong and known collectively as the "black box" - were found in the sea off Myanmar's southern coast.

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The search for the remaining bodies and the fuselage will continue amid Myanmar's monsoon season, it added.

Some bodies pulled from the sea have been cremated as relatives and friends mourn victims in the coastal town of Dawei.

State-owned China National Aero-Technology Import and Export Corp, the manufacturer of the plane, has said it would assist Myanmar authorities fully in the investigation into the crash.

There have been several recent aircraft accidents in Myanmar, involving both civilian and military planes.

A military helicopter crashed in June 2016, killing three military personnel.

And in February 2016, five were killed when an air force aircraft crashed in the capital Naypyitaw, media reports said.