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Two killed in Burma passenger plane crash

Two people are dead and 10 are injured after a passenger plane missed an airport runway and landed in a rice paddy in Burma, state television says.

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AN ADELAIDE woman said she was scared she would die when the plane in which she was a passenger crashed in Burma.

Anna Bartsch, 31, and her boyfriend Stuart Benson, 32, were among five Australians who survived the crash on Christmas Day, the ABC reported.

Two people died and 11 were injured when the Air Bagan Fokker 100 burst into flames in a rice paddy near Heho Airport.

This photo taken on December 25, 2012 and released to AFP by Ye Zar Ni via the Myanmar Police Force shows smoke and flames rising from the scene of an Air Bagan passenger plane crash near Heho airport in Myanmar's eastern Shan state. The Myanmar ageing Fokker-100 plane carrying 65 passengers including foreign tourists crash-landed in eastern Shan state, leaving two people dead and 11 others injured, the airline and officials said.   AFP PHOTO / Ye Zar Ni / Myanmar Police Force----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Ye Zar Ni / Myanmar Police Force" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Deadly impact … flames rise from the wreckage. Photo: Ye Zar Ni

Ms Bartsch told the ABC that flames burst out from the back of the plane and some of the doors would not open.

''That's when I definitely thought, 'I think we're going to die here. I can't see that all of these people are going to get out in time and we're sort of down the back and I reckon this might be it'.''

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said officials from the Australian embassy in Burma were helping five Australians who had been passengers on the flight that crashed.

''One Australian received medical attention for a minor back injury. The other four Australian passengers were not injured in the crash,'' it said.

''Two of the five Australian passengers are from South Australia, and the other three from Queensland.''

Burmese officials said two people died as a result of the crash, including a motorcyclist who was struck by the plane.

The crash occurred when the Fokker 100 jet attempted to land in heavy fog. Its tail broke and it burst into flames. The plane landed about three kilometres short of the airport.

The pilot and four foreigners - two Americans, a South Korean and a Briton - were among the injured.

Air Bagan flies domestic routes in Burma.

with Stephen Cauchi, Benjamin Preiss and Reuters