Three killed in Myanmar helicopter crash: military

15 June 2016
Three killed in Myanmar helicopter crash: military
Debris of Myanmar military helicopter Mil MI-2 at the crash site in the forest of Bago (about 115 km from Yangon), Myanmar, 14 June 2016. Photo: Myanmar Military News/EPA

Three Myanmar army officers were killed when their helicopter crashed into a hillside and burst into flames in the country's central region Tuesday, the military said in a statement.
The MI2 helicopter went down mid-morning after it hit poor weather in south central Bago, according to the statement released by the office of the army's commander-in-chief. 
It was flying south from Meiktila to an air base near Yangon, the former capital and largest city. 
"All three crew members... who were on board died on the spot," the statement said. 
"Authorities plan to investigate the cause of helicopter crash," it added. 
A senior military officer from the army chief's office confirmed the accident but did not provide any further details. 
Myanmar has a busy aviation sector, partly to compensate for the country's poor road and rail infrastructure. 
In February, all five crew died when a Myanmar air force plane crashed in the capital Naypyidaw soon after take-off. 
Last year an Air Bagan ATR 72 twin-engine turboprop carrying 49 passengers skidded off the runway after landing during heavy rain at Yangon International Airport.