26 more bodies found from missing Myanmar military plane, toll rises to 59

The recovered 59 bodies include 26 males, 23 females, nine children and one unidentified, sources said.

Published: 12th June 2017 11:26 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th June 2017 11:28 AM   |  A+A-

Rescue personnel carry bodies recovered by fishing vessels in the waters off San Hlan village, in Laung Lone township, southern Myanmar. (File photo | AP)


YANGON: Twenty-six more bodies were found on Sunday from the missing Myanmar military plane believed to have crashed, bringing the total number of bodies recovered to 59.

Citing Myanmar News Agency, Xinhua reported on Monday that the recovered 59 bodies include 26 males, 23 females, nine children and one unidentified. 

Of them, three are military officers and two are soldiers, the report cited a statement from the commander in chief's office as saying.

Weather improved on Sunday, making it possible for the search to continue at the sea off the southern coast of Myanmar, covering Maungmakan beach area and Launglonbot Island. 

Nine naval vessels, five aircrafts and two helicopters of the Air Force as well as local vessels were mobilised.

The recovered remains were sent to a military hospital for forensic examination.

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