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.PT1M25S http://www.dailylife.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2bvrn 620 349 December 26, 2012
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.
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