Survivors tell of Myanmar jet crash

Members of a fire brigade team Wednesday inspected an Air Bagan passenger jet that crash-landed in Myanmar.

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Members of a fire brigade team Wednesday inspected an Air Bagan passenger jet that crash-landed in Myanmar.

YANGON, Myanmar — Survivors of a Christmas Day crash-landing of an airliner in Myanmar told terrifying tales of escape Wednesday as carrier Air Bagan apologized for what it called the worst accident since it started flying in 2004.

Details of the crash remain unclear but airline officials told a news conference Wednesday that they found the plane’s two black boxes and were investigating what went wrong.


So far, officials have blamed fog for the aircraft’s crash into a rice paddy field where it burst into flames. Two people died and 11 were injured, including four foreigners.

The Fokker 100 jet was 21 years old but passed inspections at annual renewals of its airworthiness certificate, the officials said.

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On Tuesday, it was carrying 71 people, including 48 foreigners, from the city of Yangon via Mandalay to Heho airport, which is the gateway to the popular tourist destination Inle Lake.

‘‘We felt the first bump, then a few big bumps and then [started] sliding very fast,’’ said 31-year-old Australian advertising executive Anna Bartsch. “I saw the flames, and it was hot and we knew straight away we didn’t have much time to get out.’’

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