NAYPYIDAW – The debris and bodies have been found after a military plane went missing with 122 people on board, the Burmese army said on Thursday.

Dispersed wreckage was found in the Andaman Sea, the military said in a statement on its Facebook page.

Three bodies – those of two adults and a child – were found by a navy ship 35km from the southern costal town of Launglon, the military said.

A plane wheel that was believed to be from the Chinese-made Y-8-200F transport plane was also found, the statement said.

“We think it was a technical failure. Weather is fine there,” the source told AFP, asking not to be named.

The plane left the southern coastal town of Myeik in the early afternoon and was bound for Yangon,the largest city in Burma.

It was declared missing after losing contact with air traffic control.

General Myat Min Oo said the Chinese-made Y-8 aircraft was carrying 90 passengers – mostly families of military personnel – and 14 crew members.