Plane hit by three bullets during landing: one passenger was injured –

from Leonard Berberi

happened in Burma to an ATR 72: 63 passengers were on board when the aircraft was hit three times while it was descending. Government-rebel accusations

A 63-passenger aircraft was shot several times as it was preparing to land in a Myanmar city. Three bullets pierced the fuselage and one hit the cheek of one of the passengers who was thus injured. The incident occurred on the morning of September 30 to flight UB149 Naypyidaw-Loikaw-Yangon of the Burmese company Myanmar National Airlines at the time of the descent in Loikaw, the capital of the state of Kayah.

The dynamics

It is not clear who fired and what kind of weapon was used. The Atr 72 – an aircraft for local transport – was approaching runway 19 of the Burmese airport when at about 3,330 meters from the asphalt and while proceeding at 183 meters of altitude it was hit three times. The young man – as seen in the photos taken by those on board – was injured in the right cheek while the plane landed without further problems. The government blames local militias but there is no confirmation. The Courier contacted the company for further details but did not get a response at the time the article was published.

The journey

The poor coverage of the country by sites specialized in flight tracking does not allow to provide in detail the route followed by the affected aircraft. The Atr 72 took off at 8.29 local time (3.59 am Italian time) from Naypyidaw to land twenty-five minutes later in Loikaw. The fairly new aircraft involved – just four years old – is one of the 8 ATRs in the fleet of Myanmar National Airlines, the national airline.

The statistics

According to Aviation Safety Network, there have been 103 plane crashes in Myanmar since 1919, resulting in the deaths of at least 1,099 people. In the latest inspection carried out in 2020 by Icao – the UN civil aviation agency – it appears that the country is below the world average in terms of material legislation, the granting of flight licenses, investigations into accidents and the airport facility.

September 30, 2022 (change September 30, 2022 | 21:44)

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