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Search mounted after army’s plane crashes with 4 people on board

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Royal Thai Marines soldier

BAN CHAM KREM, Thailand -- Royal Thai Marines practice weapons handling skills before advancing through the Military Operations on Urban Terrain town at the Ban Cham Krem training area here Feb. 8 during Cobra Gold '12. Cobra Gold is a recurring multinational and multiservice exercise hosted by the Royal Kingdom of Thailand designed to advance regional security by exercising a multinational force from nations sharing common goals and security commitments in the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Brandon L. Saunders/released)

A search was immediately ordered after an army Cessna 182 light plane disappeared from the radar screen and believed to have crashed.

The four-seat, single-engine light plane took off from Mae Hong Son airport at 10.56 am today on a routine surveillance mission and later disappeared from the radar screen as it was about 20 miles to the north of the airport.

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By Thai PBS

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