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Myanmar military plane crash in Mizoram: 92 Soldiers sent back after Lengpui Airport incident

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Guwahati, Jan 25: A day after a Myanmarese military plane crash landed in Mizoram’s lone Lengpui airport near Aizawl, 92 soldiers of the neighbouring country were sent back to their country on Wednesday.

According to officials, the Myanmar Air Force’s Y-8 cargo plane overshot the tabletop runway of the airport and crash-landed into a bush following a snag in the engine.

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“Those 14 crew members, who miraculously escaped death, were airlifted during the day by another Myanmarese aircraft from Lengpui to Sittwe port town in the neighbouring country’s Rakhine state,” said an official.

“Following a gunfight with an ethnic insurgent group, 92 Myanmarese soldiers crossed over to India last week. The aircraft with 15 people on board had to take back the soldiers,” said an official.

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With the latest evacuation, a total of 635 Myanmarese army personnel have been repatriated to their country from Mizoram since November last year.

Meanwhile, officials said that the accident occurred because one of the two engines of the plane malfunctioned.

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