Insurance assessors have written off an Air Bagan ATR 72-210 that was severely damaged following an aborted take-off late last month from an airport in northern Myanmar.

Phoenix Aircraft Leasing in Singapore leased the aircraft to Air Bagan and the leasing firm’s managing director, Tony Griffin, confirms that the insurance company has decided to write off the ATR 72-210. The aircraft carried a local registration of XY-AIE and manufacturer’s serial number of 458.


On 19 February the aircraft was departing from the airport at Putao in far northern Myanmar but ended up off the end of the runway.

Pictures of the damaged aircraft show it on a slope at the end of the runway with a crack through the mid-fuselage plus the rear cone had come off.

Griffin says the aircraft was on its take-off roll when a failure indicator showed that one of the engines was not working and the pilot aborted the take-off. He adds that by that stage the nose gear had become airborne and the aircraft was about 3,700ft (1,130m) down the 7,000ft-long runway.


The aircraft was unable to stop in time and the damage occurred when it went down the slope, he adds.

Phoenix Aircraft Leasing arranged the sale of two Airbus A310s to Air Bagan  and leases one Fokker 100 to Air Bagan.

Griffin says his company is now seeking to secure another ATR 72 to lease to the carrier.

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