Burma: Black Hawk, with Thai commander on board, down in Burma

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Nine people were onboard a Thai Army Black Hawk that crashed in a forest in Burma across the border from Thailand on Tuesday, according to the Bangkok Post. Also on board the aircraft were two reporters, the source said.

According to an army source, Maj-Gen Tawan Ruangsri, commander of the 9th Infantry Division, and a number of army officers were flying to oversee the retrieval of the bodies of five soldiers who were killed in an earlier helicopter crash in Kaeng Krachan National Park in Ratchaburi province in Thailand on Saturday.

The national park lies along the Burmese border next to Burma’s Tenasserim Division.

The Black Hawk helicopter reportedly crashed before noon into the forest inside Burma, opposite Ban Khao Mai Daeng in Ratchaburi’s Kaeng Krachan district.

Further details were unavailable and the fate of those on board was not known.

Thai media reported the earlier crash on Saturday occurred half a mile from the Burma border. The helicopter, working on anti-logging operations in the national park, crashed in poor weather.

The army reportedly has six Black Hawk helicopters in operation. This is the first to have crashed.

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