Deadly military transport plane crash in Myanmar

A navy ship found bodies and aircraft parts in the seas off Myanmar while searching Thursday morning for a military transport plane carrying 120 people, a spokesman said.

The Chinese-made Y-8 turboprop aircraft disappeared Wednesday afternoon about a half-hour after leaving Myeik, also known as Mergui, for Yangon on a route that would have taken it over the Andaman Sea. It was raining, but not heavily, at the time.

Nine naval ships, five army aircraft and three helicopters were searching for the plane Thursday morning, a military spokesman said.

Gen. Myat Min Oo said the ship found two life jackets, three bodies and a tire that was part of an aircraft wheel. The bodies were of a man, a woman and a child. 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 not unusual for such flights to carry civilians to offset transportation costs for military families stationed in the somewhat remote south. (AP)

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Soldiers carry bodies ashore

Military soldiers carry dead bodies from a crashed military plane outside Launglon township, Myanmar June 8 , 2017. (Photo: Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters)

People watch recovery efforts

People watch Myanmar military members carrying dead bodies at Sanhlan village on June 8, 2017.
(Photo: Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images)

Soldiers carry bodies from a crashed military plane

Military soldiers carry dead bodies from a crashed military plane outside Launglon township, Myanmar June 8 , 2017. (Photo: Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters)

Military members prepare to unload the bodies

Myanmar military members prepare to unload the dead bodies at Sanhlan village on June 8, 2017.
(Photo: Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images)

Military members and Red Cross members carry a body

Myanmar military members and Red Cross members carry a dead body at Sanhlan village Dawei on June 8, 2017. (Photo: Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images)

Myanmar military members prepare to unload the bodies

Myanmar military members prepare to unload the dead bodies from a small boat at Sanhlan village on June 8, 2017. (Photo: Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images)

A military helicopter flies over Sanhlan

A Myanmar military helicopter flies over Sanhlan village on June 8, 2017. (Photo: Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images)

Military members look out to the sea

Myanmar military members look out to the sea where they found the dead bodies in the Andaman sea at Sanhlan village on June 8, 2017.
(Photo: Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images)

Rescue teams unload bodies from a navy vessel

Rescue teams unload dead bodies from a navy vessel outside Launglon township, Myanmar June 8 , 2017. (Photo: Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters)

Local people look to a navy vessel

Local people look to a navy vessel which carries dead bodies from a crashed military plane outside Launglon township, Myanmar June 8 , 2017.(Photo: Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters)

Air Force helicopters are on standby

Myanmar Air Force helicopters are pictured on standby to conduct rescue missions at Dawei Airport on June 8, 2017, the day after a military plane disappeared off the coast of Launglon, in southern Myanmar. (Photo: Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images)

Map of crash site

Myanmar shaded relief map shows Naypyidaw and plane crash site. (AP)