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Last updated: 16 November 2018
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Date:Saturday 4 December 1954
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-70-DL (DC-3)
Operating for:Air Laos
Leased from:Aigle Azur
Registration: F-BEIA
C/n / msn: 19211
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 26 / Occupants: 26
Total:Fatalities: 28 / Occupants: 28
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:30 km (18.8 mls) N of Luang Prabang (   Laos)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Luang Prabang Airport (LPQ/VLLB), Laos
Destination airport:Luang Namtha Airport (LXG/VLLN), Laos
Narrative:
The DC-3 crashed on the company's first commercial flight Vientiane - Luang Prabang - Namtha - Muong-Sing. The aircraft had been leased from Aigle Azur.

Sources:
» Air Britain Casualty compendium (pt. 62)
» Morning Bulletin, Tuesday 7 December 1954


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Distance from Luang Prabang Airport to Luang Namtha Airport as the crow flies is 142 km (89 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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Douglas DC-3

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