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Harbin Y-12 (II) at China Aviation Museum, Beijing. File photo
A Sri Lankan air force plane crashed in a tea-growing mountainous region Friday, killing the four crew on board, a military official said.
The Chinese-built Y-12 had taken off from the southern airbase of Wirawila and was heading to Ratmalana, south of Colombo, when it crashed, spokesman Chandana Wickramasinghe said.
"We are still investigating the cause of the crash," Wickramasinghe said, adding that all four officers on the plane were killed in the crash at Haputale, 200 kilometres (125 miles) east of Colombo.
It was the worst air crash in Sri Lanka since an AN-32 military transport plane came down just outside the capital in December 2014 killing all five crew onboard.
The aircraft, carrying six crew and eight passengers, left the capital Naypyidaw on Thursday morning for Pyin Oo Lwin, a town in the central region of Mandalay.
National Transportation Safety Board Vice Chairman Bruce Landsberg said the plane crashed at 9:11am on Sunday at the Addison Municipal Airport. He says, "We don't know a lot about the people on board at this point."
The crash occurred in a remote, hilly area of the north-central state of Queretaro on Friday. The MI-17 helicopter, which took off from Valle Verde in the neighbouring state of San Luis Potosi.
The plane crashed near the town of Dixon Cove, a few minutes after taking off from the island's airport, rescuers said.
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Since the army seized power on Feb. 1 and removed the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi, the security forces have put down protests opposing military rule.
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