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Bodies, Plane Parts Found in Search for Myanmar Aircraft Carrying 120

DAWEI, Myanmar — A navy ship and local fishermen found bodies and aircraft parts in the seas off Myanmar on Thursday, a day after a military plane carrying 120 people disappeared, a military spokesman said.

The Chinese-made Y-8 turboprop aircraft lost contact 29 minutes after takeoff from Myeik, also known as Mergui, while flying at 18,000 feet over the Andaman Sea.

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Gen. Myat Min Oo said local fishermen had found seven bodies after a navy ship located two life jackets, three bodies and a tire that was part of an aircraft wheel. The wreckage was found in the sea west of the town of Laung Lone.

The plane carried 106 passengers — mostly families of military personnel — and 14 crew members. Fifteen of the passengers were children.

It is the rainy season in Myanmar but a civil aviation official said the weather had been "normal" with good visibility when the aircraft took off.

The plane was bought in March 2016 and had a total of 809 flying hours. It was carrying 2.4 tons of supplies, the military said.

Nicknamed the "air camel" in Chinese, the multi-purpose aircraft was approved for production in 1980 and is still being produced by Shaanxi Aircraft Corporation, a unit of state-owned Aviation Industry Corp of China.