June 19, 2017
The flight data recorder, commonly known as the “black box”, the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) and a body were discovered in the retrieved plane’s tail section yesterday, according to a statement from the Office of the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services.
“Measures are being taken to expose the cause of the plane crash,” according to the statement.
The body of the man found in the tail section of the plane brings the total number of bodies found to 92.
The tail section was brought to the surface with the use of air bags yesterday. Naval ships, divers and trawlers were combing the seabed of the area where the tail part of the crashed plane was found entangled in a fishing net of a local vessel off the country’s southern coast on Thursday.
There were 122 people on board including crew, families and military personnel when the plane departed from Myeik, in southern Myanmar, on the afternoon of 7 June, bound for Yangon.
Military forces on land, air and sea and local volunteers in fishing boats continued their search for possible survivors and remains of victims of the crash.
Two navy vessels in the vicinity sent divers to inspect the area after sonar scans verified an unusual item caught in a fishing net at a depth of 35 meters. The item turned out to be the tail piece of the missing Y-8 plane bearing the serial code 5820.
The search for the remaining bodies and the rest of the plane continues amid heavy rain and high seas during Myanmar’s monsoon season.