BANGKOK (AFP) – Rescuers were Wednesday searching for an injured helicopter pilot in remote northern Myanmar after finding two other missing crew members alive, officials said, clarifying initial reports that all were found safe.
Search teams had said all three men were found 10 days after their helicopter lost contact during a mission to rescue two Myanmar climbers who went missing in a section of the Himalayas in Kachin state.
One of the helicopter’s crew was found in a remote village Tuesday and led rescuers to the missing injured Thai pilot, said an official from the company which sent the chopper.
But a search is still underway for a Myanmar pilot who was also on board.
“Yesterday, we found a passenger who gave us the location of the other two who were safe but slightly injured and could not walk,” said Punyisa Chausong, sales manager of Thailand’s Advance Aviation.
“This morning, the rescue team found the Thai captain but have not yet found the Myanmar captain.”
It was still unclear whether the helicopter, part of an operation launched by controversial Myanmar tycoon Tay Za, had crashed. Rescuers on Saturday said they had suspended aerial searches because of heavy snowfall in the mountainous region.