Passenger plane skids off runway in Myanmar

AFP , Monday 10 Jun 2013

Myanmar Xian MA60 plane skids off runway while making landing, the second such incident in a month

A Myanma Airways plane carrying about 60 passengers skidded off the runway at a regional airport on Monday, officials said, the second such incident in less than a month.

Both propellers on the Chinese-made Xian MA60 were damaged in the landing at Kawthaung in the southern region of Taninthari, but nobody was injured, according to police.

"The plane skidded off the runway into the nearby field," a government official who did not want to be named told AFP.

In mid-May a Myanma Airways MA60 overshot the end of a runway at an airport in eastern Shan State due to suspected brake failure, injuring two people.

The same type of aircraft crash-landed at an airport in eastern Indonesia on Monday, injuring two people.

The plane involved in the latest accident in Myanmar is about three years old, Win Swe Tun, deputy director general of the government's Civil Aviation Department, told AFP.

"The weather there was fine when the accident happened," he said, adding that investigators would visit the scene on Tuesday.

Concerns about Myanmar's air safety were heightened by a crash-landing in December at Heho airport, also in Shan State, that left two people dead, with foreign tourists fleeing the burning jet.

Myanmar's aviation and tourist industries are struggling to keep up with fast-growing demand as foreign visitors flock to the country, which is emerging from decades of junta rule.

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