At least eight crew members of a Myanmar Air Force aircraft were injured when the plane skidded off the runway at Lengpui airport in Aizawl, the capital of Mizoram. The aircraft had come to Lengpui to transport the remaining 92 Myanmar soldiers back to their country.
Out of the 14 people on board, including the pilot, eight were injured, and the injured were promptly taken to Lengpui hospital. Mizoram disaster management officials, along with district administration and police officials, responded quickly to rescue the injured crew.
The incident occurred as part of the ongoing repatriation efforts involving 276 Myanmar Army personnel who had sought refuge in Mizoram's Lawngtlai district on January 17. The soldiers had fled to Mizoram after their camps were captured by Arakan Army militants. On Monday, 184 of these soldiers were evacuated back to Myanmar on a military aircraft. The remaining 92 soldiers were scheduled to be airlifted on Tuesday. The Indian authorities completed all necessary formalities before the departure of the soldiers.
The soldiers, along with their arms and ammunition, had reached Bandukbanga village in Lawngtlai and were later taken to the Assam Rifles’ Parva camp. The influx of Myanmar soldiers seeking refuge in Mizoram since November 13, 2023, has now reached a total of 636 individuals.
(With Agency Inputs)