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Myanmar passenger jet in emergency landing, two people dead and 11 injured

Published on Dec 25, 2012 1:14 PM
Soldiers stand at the crash site of a Air Bagan plane in Heho December 25, 2012. Two people were killed and 10 wounded in northeast Myanmar on Tuesday when the passenger plane missed an airport runway in heavy fog and landed in a rice paddy, state television said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

YANGON (AFP) - A Myanmar plane carrying 65 passengers, including foreign tourists, crash-landed in eastern Shan state on Tuesday, leaving two people dead and 11 others injured, the airline and officials said.

Air Bagan said the aircraft, an ageing Fokker-100, was forced to make an emergency landing three kilometres from Heho airport, which is the gateway to the popular tourist destination of Inle Lake.

"One passenger who was missing was found dead inside the plane. We are still trying to identify who the dead passenger is," the carrier announced in a statement posted on its Facebook page.

The victim was an 11-year-old child, according to the information ministry, which added that four foreigners were among those hurt in the accident.

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