BREAKING: Myanmar military searching for lost training jet

A Serbian Air Force G-4 Super Galeb, similar to those operated by the Myanmar Air Force. Photo: Wikimedia Commons / Rob Schleiffert
A Serbian Air Force G-4 Super Galeb, similar to those operated by the Myanmar Air Force. Photo: Wikimedia Commons / Rob Schleiffert

The Myanmar military has announced that it is searching for a training jet that went missing shortly after takeoff this morning.

The jet took off from Pathein, and the military lost contact at 9:18am.

The plane had at least one pilot, though it is not yet clear how many others were on board.

The military has described the plane as “G-4,” which is probably a reference to the Yugoslav-made Soko G-4, of which Myanmar had four units in service as of this year, according to Flight Global. The model is primarily used as a training jet by the Serbian Air Force.

Military aircraft accidents are not uncommon in Myanmar. In June, a China-made Shaanxi Y-8 aircraft crashed into the Andaman Sea, killing all 122 people on board. Bad weather was determined to be the cause of the crash, which was the deadliest aviation accident in Myanmar’s history.

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