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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
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Date:Saturday 24 February 1968
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3
Operator:Royal Air Lao
Registration: XW-TAD
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 34 / Occupants: 34
Total:Fatalities: 37 / Occupants: 37
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Ban Napa (   Laos)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Vientiane-Wattay Airport (VTE/VLVT), Laos
Destination airport:Sayaboury Airport (ZBY/VLSB), Laos
Narrative:
Crashed into the Mekong River, about 100 miles (160 km) north of Vientiane after having contacted a mountain.
Conflicting reports say the airplane crashed after leaving Luang Prabang or that it crashed en route between Vientiane and Sayaboury.
Also, reports on the number of occupants range from 22 to 31 and 37.

Sources:
» De Telegraaf 26-2-1968
» The Sydney Morning Herald - Feb 26, 1968
» Lao Civil Aircraft Register


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Distance from Vientiane-Wattay Airport to Sayaboury Airport as the crow flies is 163 km (102 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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