Three Walk Out 10 Days After Burma Crash


Three people who were on a rescue helicopter that went down in the remote mountains of Myanmar walked out of the forest 10 days after the crash. The Chiang Mai (Thailand) Mail is reporting the Thai pilot, identified as Capt. Chatwal Thanthong, suffered a spinal injury and is in the hospital but his Burmese copilot and another passenger were apparently not in need of medical attention. Their EC130 was on a supply mission to a rescue party looking for Burmese climbers when it went down in bad weather.

The helicopter, owned by Advance Aviation and based in Chiang Mai, went missing 20 minutes into the flight on Sept 27. There has still been no sign of the helicopter but the three occupants walked into the village of Lansar on Oct. 7 looking for help. The area of the crash is some of the most rugged in the world. Six climbers are missing after an attempt on Hkakabo Razi, which at more than 18,000 feet is Southeast Asia’s highest mountain.