Date: January 27th, 1998
Type: Fokker F-28
Registration: -
Operator: Myanma Airways
Where: Myanmar, Burma
Report No.: Not Available
Report Date: -
Pages: -

This is not an accident investigation report.

YANGON, Burma - A plane crashed on take-off in Myanmar (Burma) on Tuesday killing 14 of the 45 passengers and crew, including three foreigners, a Transport Ministry source said.

The Fokker F-27 aircraft owned by the state-run Myanma Airways was half way down the runway at Thandwe airport, about 320 km (200 miles) northwest of Yangon, when its right engine failed and the plane veered into an embankment, the source said.

He said 20 people on board suffered injuries in the crash and the remainder were unhurt.

First reports said the plane, headed for the Arakan state capital of Sittwe, had already taken off before it crashed, the source said.

It was not immediately clear how many passengers or crew were among the dead, but three of the victims were foreigners -- two French and one Italian, the source said.

``A senior air force official, transport ministry officials and a medical team rushed to the scene by air from Yangon to take charge,'' he said