Airplane skids off runway in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

Flying public: Note Editor's Comments

An airplane from Biman Bangladesh Airlines skidded off the runway of Myanmar’s Yangon International Airport in bad weather today.

The plane had 29 passengers on board, plus two pilots and two flight attendants. The type of airplane was a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400.

The multi-national passengers included travelers from Canada, France, Switzerland, China, India, Bangladesh, and Myanmar.

Rescue workers transporting injured passenger Biman Airlines

Preliminary accident reports

The airport’s weather condition at the time of accident was reported as rain and gusting winds.

According to the Dhaka Tribune, the airplane skidded off the left side of Runway 21 at 6:22 p.m. local time. 19 people, including the two pilots, were injured. No one was seriously hurt. 11 passengers were released after receiving medical treatment.

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The flight left Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka at 3:20 pm local time.

The Bangladesh Ambassador to Myanmar, Manjurul Karim Khan Chowdry, informed Dhaka Tribune that the nosewheel broke during touchdown.

The airplane was badly damaged on landing. It broke into three sections, and it appears totally destroyed. This according to preliminary observation by the Yangon Police Department.

All traffic at Myanmar Airport has been halted as a result of the accident..’s Editor (Captain John) Comment:

Flying safety in certain countries is not up to par, compared to that of i.e. the U.S. and Europe!

Although it’s way too early to conclude anything as to the cause of this accident, it is worth keeping one thing in mind:

Almost none of the airports in “aviation underdeveloped countries” (including Myanmar’s Yangon International Airport) have grooved runways. Aviation safety measures in such places lag severely behind countries that invest in proven aviation safety enhancements.

Grooved runways have a form of water dissipation technology (grooves in the runway), which prevents hydroplaning (tires skidding) on wet runways.

Without a grooved runway, you always run the risk of the airplane’s tires skidding uncontrollably after touch down during i.e. heavy rain.

In that case, an airplane’s tires can easily lose control, skidding uncontrollably, like in a hydroplaning ice-skating rink!

Could the fact that the airplane was landing on a wet runway in gusty conditions be a cause for this accident?

Yes, absolutely. But again, it’s too early to say.

Aeronautical Information for VYYY airport
Yangon International Airport aeronautical information. Source: World Aero Data.

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