Want to travel across Myanmar, the poor, isolated nation that's becoming a tourism hot spot practically overnight? You're probably going to end up boarding an aging airplane regulated by a government with dubious credibility.
The Christmas day crash landing of a plane in Myanmar's eastern Shan State - home of idyllic holiday destination Inle Lake - could potentially tame the nation's tourism boom. As the Associated Press reports, two of the passengers were killed and American, French and Taiwanese travelers were hurt.
As with many aircraft in the nation's commercial fleet, the plane that crashed was quite old. According to the Aviation Safety Report database, the now-destroyed Bagan Air plane, a Fokker 100, first flew in 1991 and spent years operating under a British carrier. Just four years ago, another Bagan Air commercial flight suffered an aborted takeoff that broke its fuselage in two. (That said, I've flown Air Bagan twice and the service was quite pleasant.)
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But Air Bagan isn't the only airline with a dubious record. Myanmar Airways, another major domestic carrier, is so worrisome that the United Kingdom urges its staff to avoid the airline altogether.