Five Australians are among the survivors of a fatal plane crash in Burma.
Two people died and 11 others were injured when an Air Bagan plane crashed and burst into flames near Heho airport on Christmas Day.
A spokesman for Air Bagan said the Fokker-100 jet landed about three kilometres short of the airport in Shan state.
Air Bagan said a Burmese tour guide on board the plane was killed and another person died when the plane hit a motorbike on a road near the airport.
The exact circumstances of the crash are unclear, but a Burmese official said a fire was reported in one of the engines as it approached the airport around 9.00am (local time) on Tuesday.
Adelaide woman Anna Bartsch, 31, and her boyfriend Stuart Benson, 32, formerly of Hobart, were among more than 60 passengers on board, most of them foreigners.
They managed to climb out of the wreckage with just minor injuries.
Anna Bartsch's mother Chris said she got a telephone call from her daughter late on Tuesday afternoon.
"She just said, 'Mum, Mum, this is very important. Listen carefully. We're OK'. Then she said, 'There's been a plane crash and some people have been killed but we're OK and you need to get onto the Australian embassy so they can open up for us because we've lost everything'," she said.
I definitely thought, 'I think we're going to die here. I can't see that all of these people are going to get out in time and we're sort of down the back and I reckon this might be it'.
Speaking later by phone with the ABC, Ms Bartsch said she thought she was going to die when she saw fire.
She said there were flames at the rear of the plane and smoke coming from the front and some of the doors would not open.
"That's when I definitely thought, 'I think we're going to die here. I can't see that all of these people are going to get out in time and we're sort of down the back and I reckon this might be it'," she said.
Despite being in seating towards the back in the plane, Ms Bartsch and Mr Benson chose to head for the smoke ahead, rather than the flames behind them.
"I was sort of thinking that every metre and every second sort of counts because you don't know how much time you've got to actually get out," she said.
Anna Bartsch's mother said her daughter and Mr Benson suffered less from the smoke than some other passengers.
"I think Stuart was actually able to help other people off the plane," she said.
Ms Bartsch said her daughter told her pilot error was being spoken about as the likely cause of the crash landing.
After their ordeal, survivors had to board another aircraft for a flight to the capital Yangon.
Had the wings been attached, that's where the fuel is stored. It could have actually blown up.
"Anna said that when they flew back to Yangon they actually flew over the crash site. She said you could see that the plane had actually cut quite a huge swathe of jungle as it crash-landed," her mother said.
"Quite luckily the plane as it came down lost both wings, they were actually sheared off and that was quite fortuitous because had the wings been attached that's where the fuel is stored. It could have actually blown up."
Ms Bartsch said her daughter and daughter's partner had quickly been issued with new passports by the embassy and were now at a hotel with other survivors, but had lost all their luggage.
"On the phone last night Anna said, 'It's really surreal, it feels like we've just been watching a weird movie and then we go to get something and it's not there, because it's all been burnt'," she said.
"We spoke at some length on the phone last night so we feel quite reassured that they're safe."