Myanmar military plane crashes on Indian runway on trip to retrieve its soldiers

It is unclear if the junta troops in India crossed the border accidentally, were hoping to be repatriated by the military, or if they intended to defect, a political observer says

A Myanmar military plane crashed after veering off a runway in Mizoram, India, on Tuesday while en route to bringing back soldiers who had recently crossed the neighbouring country’s border. More than half of the 14 crew members were injured in the incident, which the junta blamed on “technical failure” in a statement issued later that night. 

According to international media reports, the Chinese-made Y-8 aircraft had been sent to retrieve Myanmar army soldiers who had fled the frontlines against the Arakan Army in northern Rakhine and southern Chin states for nearby India, where the authorities have been facilitating their return to the Myanmar junta’s forces. 

A military council statement released on Tuesday evening said that the plane in question departed from Meikhtila in Mandalay Region at 10am to engage in “India-Myanmar military collaboration.” 

The junta’s information team did not provide. . .

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