China’s State Oceanic Administration (SOA) witnessed casualties of four officers; two pilots and two enforcement officers, on Tuesday, June 8, 2016, at 12:17 a.m. EDT. All of them were traveling in its marine surveillance plane, which crashed into a mountain alongside the country’s east coast, as reported by Associated Press (AP).
According to a statement released by the administration on its official website, the personnel had embarked upon a routine patrolling and law enforcement mission to monitor conditions in the Zhejiang province, whose coastline, dotted with hundreds of islands is a part of the South and East China Seas.
Even after conducting a thorough search operation involving 18 ships and four helicopters, the type of aircraft, whose wreckage was discovered early Tuesday evening, remained unidentified. However, the officials suspect it most likely to be one of the agency’s own fleet of indigenous Chinese-made Harbin Y-12 turboprops.
Written by Bashar Saajid
Edited by Cathy Milne
Associated Press (AP): China says 4 killed in crash of marine surveillance plane
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