Crew of Thai helicopter ‘missing in Myanmar’ reported safe

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BANGKOK, Oct 8 Three crew members including the Thai pilot and two Myanmar nationals aboard a missing Thai helicopter have been reported safe after they lost contact for about ten days in their search operation for missing climbers in Myanmar.

The Thai helicopter took off from Putao in Kachin State to deliver supplies to a team searching for the mountain climbers on Mount Hkakabo Razi before it lost contact.

The Htoo Foundation, which has led the search operation, posted on its Facebook page that the helicopter had been found and all three men on board were alive.

Thai Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha said that he was informed yesterday by the Thai Army that the missing helicopter had been found and all crew were safe.

Pilot Chatchawan Thaenthong was reportedly fatigued but was not severely injured.

PM Prayuth said the crew lost contact as they could not use the radio. The Thai prime minister said he himself wished them a safe return. The Myanmar was also worried and contacted the Thai authorities frequently.