The city’s fire department said in a statement on social media that a military aircraft crashed near Mandalay, Myanmar’s second largest city, killing 12 people.
According to military TV station Myawaddy, the plane flew from the capital city of Naypyidaw to Pyin Oo Lwin and crashed on landing and crashed about 300 meters from the steel plant.
According to other media reports, there are six military personnel on board, as well as monks who will attend the ceremony at the Buddhist temple.
There were no casualties on the ground. According to public and social media posts, the pilot and a passenger survived and was taken to a military hospital.
It is not clear what caused the crash. Photos on social media showed that the side of the plane was severely damaged.
Since the military coup d’état overthrew the democratically elected government led by Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1, Myanmar has been in turmoil. Every day, there have been protests in cities and battles between the army and ethnic minority militias in the border areas.