Four personnel on board the military aircraft were killed when the plane crashed near Naypyidaw International Airport, in Myanmar. The Beechcraft 1900 turboprop plane crashed shortly after takeoff.

The aircraft was operated by Myanmar Air Force and the cause of the crash is not known as yet. One person is thought to have survived the incident although it remains unconfirmed.

The plane was on a routine agricultural mission when it came down on land near the airport. According to AFP news agency, whose reporter is present at the crash site, hundreds of people quickly gathered in the area as emergency workers press on with rescue measures.

In Myanmar, formerly Burma, this is the second military aircraft crash in recent months. A MiG-29 fighter jet had earlier gone down in 2014 during a practice session although there were no casualties.