Passenger plane comes under fire in Myanmar’s Kayah State

One of the passengers was wounded, local resident says.
RFA Burmese
2022.09.30
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Passenger plane comes under fire in Myanmar’s Kayah State A passenger holds his cheek after an MNA plane was shot at on Friday morning
Kyaw Ko Ko Tin

UPDATED at 8:35 a.m. on 9-30-2022

A Myanmar National Airlines passenger plane came under gunfire as it was  landing at Kayah State's Loikaw Airport on Friday morning. One passenger was hurt in the shooting and his condition is currently unknown according to a man named Thai, a local resident who spoke to RFA. 

Images went viral on Facebook showing a bloody seat with some pieces of tissue paper and bandage. There was also what looked like a bullet hole in the plane's floor.

According to a report issued by the ruling Myanmar military council shortly after the incident, the Karenni National Progressive Party and the Karenni regional People’s Defense Force shot at the plane. The report said the plane was carrying 63 passengers and was hit as it flew at an altitude of about 3,500 feet (1,050 meters) at 8:45 a.m. as it was descending to touch down at Loikaw Airport. The report said the middle of the plane was hit and a passenger's right cheek was struck by bullets.

Khu Reedu, a spokesperson for the Karenni National Defense Force, declined to comment on the shooting of the plane or the military council's statement.

Myanmar National Airlines said that all flights to Loikaw have been indefinitely postponed after the shooting.

This story has been updated to correct the name of the airline.

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david
Sep 30, 2022 07:25 AM

the head of the junta left yangon to visit myanmar ,, maybe the shots were directed at the plane hoping that he was on the plane ,