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Another Survivor Found in Myanmar Copter Crash

  • Thar Nyunt Oo

Searchers in Myanmar, also known as Burma, have found another survivor from the crash of a Thai rescue helicopter that disappeared more than a week ago.

Sources tell VOA's Burmese Service that the Thai pilot was found alive in a forest Wednesday, one day after a Myanmar crewman walked from the crash site into the town of Lan Kha. The Thai pilot is suffering burns he sustained during the crash and is being treated.

A third man, a Myanmar pilot, is still missing but believed to be alive near the scene of the crash in the northern part of the country. There are concerns about his condition and an intense search is under way to find him. There were no other people on board at the time of the accident, which took place in a mountainous area near the Chinese border.

The chopper lost contact with ground control on September 27, shortly after it took off from Putao airport in northern Kachin state to assist in the search for two missing Myanmar climbers.

The climbers lost contact with the rest of their team after reaching the summit of Mount Hkakaborazi in late August.

This report was produced in collaboration with VOA’s Burmese Service.