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Helicopter crash in Burmese Yetagun gas field due to technical error


Mizzima – The cause of a helicopter crash in the Yetagun offshore natural gas field that killed three people on Monday was due to a "technical error," according to Burmese state-run media.
The Yetagun gas platform offshore Burma in the Andaman Sea. 
A US-made helicopter of PC Myanmar, carrying nine employees of service providers to the company, departed from a Floating Storage and Off-Loading Facility en route to the Yetagun platform three nautical miles away and crashed in the Andaman Sea, the state-run newspaper New Light of Myanmar reported on Wednesday.
 
Three passengers died: Win Kyi of Uniteam Company (assistant operator); Than Tun of Smart Technical Service (head chef); and Ohn Thein (copilot), according to the newspaper. Four persons were injured.

The company said on Monday that it did not know what caused the helicopter to crash and an investigation is underway.
 
The newspaper said that the company has had no major accidents since it began operations on the Yetagun offshore platform in 2001.



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