23 February 2011

Tay Za rescue effort in progress

A rescue team has located Tay Za, a Burmese Tycoon with close ties to the military junta, whose helicopter went down on Fukanrazi Mountain in a remote area of Burma’s northern Kachin State on Monday. Rescuers are now trying to get him and his group off the ice-covered mountain but will not be able to reach them today, sources said.

The helicopter and its crew and passengers are stranded at an elevation of about 12,000 feet and the rescue team trying to reach them is at about 10,000 feet, a source said.

The MI 17 military helicopter previously assisting the operation was not able to fly high enough to reach Tay Za and his group. The tycoon's company has now hired a private helicopter based in Chiang Mai, Thailand, which has landed in Mandalay for refueling and will join the rescue efforts later today, a source said.--Full story at The Irrawaddy

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