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Myanmar pilot on lost copter found dead in forest

October 9, 2014

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — The Myanmar pilot of a helicopter that went missing on a forest-clad mountain nearly two weeks ago has been found dead.

The helicopter, carrying three people, disappeared soon after leaving Putao airport in Kachin state on Sept. 27 to drop food for a team searching for two climbers feared dead after reaching the peak of the 5,881-meter (19,300-foot) Hkakabo Razi.

Just as hope of finding the crew was fading, the sole passenger walked into a small town Tuesday.

The passenger said both pilots were injured and were in the forest awaiting help.

Phyo Ko Ko, a spokesman for the search team, said 42-year-old pilot Aung Myat Toe was found dead Thursday.

His Thai co-pilot was rescued earlier and is being treated for injuries in a Yangon hospital.

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