Two killed in Burma passenger plane crash
Two people are dead and 10 are injured after a passenger plane missed an airport runway and landed in a rice paddy in Burma, state television says.PT1M25S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2bvrn 620 349 December 26, 2012
The number of Australians in the Burma plane crash has been revised upwards to six, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
And two Australians, rather than one, have received minor injuries.
‘‘Two Australians received medical attention for minor back injuries,’’ said DFAT. ‘‘The other four Australian passengers were not injured in the crash.’’
Smoke and flames rising from the scene of an Air Bagan passenger plane crash near Heho airport in Myanmar's eastern Shan state. Photo: AFP, via Ye Zar Ni and Myanmar Police Force
Two people died and 11 were reportedly injured when the plan burst into flames in a rice paddy near the Heho airport on Christmas Day.
Yesterday, one of the Australians spoke of her fear she would die during the crash.
Anna Bartsch, 31, of Adelaide, was travelling on the plane with her boyfriend Stuart Benson, 32, according to the ABC.
A woman identified as a crash survivor outside a Yangon hospital. Photo: AP
Ms Bartsch told the ABC flames burst out from the back of the plane and some of the doors would not open.
’’That’s when I definitely thought, ’I think we’re going to die here. I can’t see that all of these people are going to get out in time and we’re sort of down the back and I reckon this might be it,’’’ she said.
According to DFAT, two of the five Australian passengers are from South Australia, and the other three from Queensland. The sixth passenger is a ‘‘dual national who resides overseas and not in Australia''.
Anna Bartsch and Stuart Benso. Photo: Peter Cox
Burmese officials said two people died, including a motorcyclist who was struck by the plane.
The crash occurred when the Fokker 100 jet attempted to land in heavy fog, its tail breaking and then bursting into flames. The plane landed about three kilometres short of the airport.
Four foreigners - two Americans, a South Korean and a Briton - and the pilot were among the injured.
With BENJAMIN PREISS