An accident happened to Air Bagan flight W9-011 during landing near Heho airport at 08:50 a.m. on 25 December 2012. The Fokker 100 aircraft was carrying 65 passengers, 6 crew members including a pilot and a co-pilot.
The emergency exit was opened as soon as the aircraft landed in the nearby field and passengers were evacuated by our cabin crew. Eight passengers were injured as the aircraft caught fire and were taken to the nearest Sao San Tun hospital in Taung Gyi for treatment.
Ma Nwe Lin Shein, a tour guide, was identified as the only fatality on board. U Pyar who was travelling on a motor cycle on the ground was hit by the aircraft as it landed and was killed.
Twenty six of the passengers were brought back to Yangon on a special flight arranged by Air Bagan and were taken to Victoria hospital for medical check-up. They will be accommodated at the Kandawgyi Palace Hotel after being discharged from the hospital tonight. All remaining passengers including the eight injured ones will be arriving Yangon tonight on Air Bagan special flight.
Air Bagan deeply regret the deaths of two persons and tender its condolences to the bereaved families.
We apologize to all passengers and their families for the inconvenience caused by the accident. We will provide every help and assistance that the passengers might need during their time at Kandawgyi Palace Hotel.
Air Bagan in collaboration with the Ministry of Transport is investigating into the cause of the accident. We will take full responsibility for all passengers and will release further information as we received it.