British experts looking for a cache of World War II Spitfire planes believed to be buried in Burma say they have discovered a crate.
The team has lowered a camera into the crate in the Kachin state capital Myitkyina, but says muddy water has stopped them identifying the contents.
Project leader David Cundall described the development as “very encouraging”.
The team believes that more than 120 unused Spitfires could be buried in sites across Burma.
“We’ve gone into a box, but we have hit this water problem. It’s murky water and we can’t really see very far,” Mr Cundall told reporters in Rangoon, Burma’s main city.
“It will take some time to pump the water out… but I do expect all aircraft to be in very good condition,” he added.
Team member Stanley Coombe, 91, says he saw Spitfires being buried in Burma
Mr Cundall said a survey was being carried out at the site to locate any modern-day obstacles like electricity cables. He said they hoped to begin excavating within days.
The team hopes to find about 18 Spitfires in Myitkyina, where it has been digging since last month.
It is planning further excavations at Rangoon international airport, where it believes 36 planes are buried, and in the central city of Meiktila