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Last updated: 12 December 2017
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Date:Thursday 16 January 1975
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov 2P
Operator:Aeroflot / Ukraine
Registration: CCCP-70417
C/n / msn: 1G141-71
First flight: 1973
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Total:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 12
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Sam Neua Airport (NEU) (   Laos)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Vientiane-Wattay Airport (VTE/VLVT), Laos
Destination airport:Sam Neua Airport (NEU/VLSN), Laos
Narrative:
The Antonov 2 was engaged in domestic services in Laos since the civil war ended in 1973.
En route from Vientiane to Sam Neua the crew encountered poor weather. They continued VFR in IMC over mountainous terrain. The airplane flew into the side of a mountain, killing all 12 on board.

Classification:
VFR flight in IMC
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» airdisaster.ru
» Scramble
» Flight International 24-1-1976


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Distance from Vientiane-Wattay Airport to Sam Neua Airport as the crow flies is 311 km (194 miles).

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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Antonov An-2

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