JUST IN: MILITARY fighter jet crashes (READ DETAILS)

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A military fighter Jet has crashed into a Lake on Wednesday killing the Pilot in the Sagaing region of Myanmar killing the Pilot.

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The crash took place in a region where there is active combat between Myanmar’s Army and forces opposed to army rule.

State-run MRTV said the Plane crashed into a lake 16 km (10 miles) North of the town of Sagaing.

The Jet lost contact with a Military Air Base at Tada-U in neighbouring Mandalay Region at 10:43 am as it was beginning its training maneuvers, the report said.

A Local Eescue Worker said body parts found at the crash site were taken away by a military helicopter. He said the crashed plane was a Chinese-made model, painted in the standard blue colour favoured by the Air Force.

The rescue worker, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media, said there were no reports of casualties on the ground.

A local resident, who also asked that his name not be used to avoid recriminations from the government, said villagers heard a “very loud” sound of the plane crashing near the southeastern shore of the Lake..

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Sagaing Region — one of seven administrative regions in Myanmar, plus its capital city — is a stronghold of armed resistance to the ruling military, which seized power in February last year from the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi. Opposition to the takeover was initially peaceful, but the use of lethal force by the authorities escalated the conflict to what some UN experts have described as a civil war.

Major offences by the military, including air strikes, have driven many thousands of people from their homes and caused an unknown number of civilian casualties.

Most combat aircraft in Myanmar’s military came from China or Russia, which also supply other armaments. Many Western nations maintain an arms embargo, in addition to other sanctions.

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