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Burma Spitfire Search: Crate Found, but Contents Obscured by Muddy Water

January 9, 2013 - A team of researchers attempting to uncover dozens of buried Spitfire fighter planes in Burma announced Wednesday they had located a large crate, but that muddy water prevented them from identifying its contents. Project leader David Cundall described the development as "very encouraging," according to a BBC report.

"We've gone into a box, but we have hit this water problem," he told reporters in Rangoon. "It's murky water and we can't really see very far. It will take some time to pump the water out...but I do expect all aircraft to be in very good condition."

The team began digging in Myitkyina last month and hopes to find about 18 aircraft there. Other locations for planned excavation include the Rangoon International Airport and in the central city of Meiktila. 

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