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Myanmar probes deadly plane crash-landing

Published on Dec 26, 2012 1:11 PM
Local residents and foreigners walk past debris from a plane that crash landed the day before near Heho airport in southern Shan state on Dec 26, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP

HEHO, Myanmar (AFP) - Myanmar was on Wednesday probing the cause of an air accident that left two people dead and 11 injured when a passenger jet packed with foreign tourists crash-landed and caught fire.

The incident raised fresh questions about the safety standards of Myanmar's fast-growing but overstretched aviation and tourist industries as foreign visitors flock to the country which is emerging from decades of junta rule.

The ageing Fokker 100 jet came down in heavy fog on Tuesday in a field short of the runway at Heho airport - the gateway to the popular tourist destination of Inle Lake - breaking its tail and catching fire, according to officials.

One Myanmar tour guide on board was killed along with a motorcyclist on the ground. The government earlier said an 11-year-old passenger had died but it appeared to be a case of mistaken identity.

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