Myanmar helicopter crash due to technical error: media report

13:16, July 13, 2011      

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An official media report said on Wednesday that the Monday's helicopter crash in an oil field offshore Myanmar at the Andaman Sea was due to technical error, quoting a press statement of the PC Myanmar.

"Technical error is found to be the cause of copter ditching crash. No major accidents had occurred since the company's operation in the Yetagun offshore platform and FSO in 2001," the New Light of Myanmar said.

A helicopter of PC Myanmar crashed in the vicinity of Yetagun gas field at Andaman Sea offshore Myanmar on Monday morning shortly after the take-off of the helicopter carrying nine employees of service providers to the company from the Floating Storage and Off-Loading facility en route to Yetagun platform three nautical miles away, according to the statement.

Three died and four others injured. The remaining persons were unhurt, the statement revealed, adding that eight survivors were evacuated for medical treatment in Yangon on the day.

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