Accident description
Last updated: 26 July 2014
Status:
Date:Thursday 13 March 1975
Type:Boeing S.307B-1 Stratoliner
Operator:Royal Air Lao
Registration: XW-TFP
C/n / msn: 1998
First flight: 1940
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:at an unknown location (   Laos)
Phase: Unknown (UNK)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Hong Kong-Kai Tak International Airport (HKG/VHHH), Hong Kong
Destination airport:Vientiane-Wattay Airport (VTE/VLVT), Laos
Narrative:
An aircraft was reported missing on this date while on a flight from Hong Kong to Vientiane. MacAlan Thompson reported that a Stratoliner was forced to carry out a controlled crash-landing in a river. Captain Jimmy Lieu and the copilot were held prisoner by the communist Pathet Lao for several months then released about May 1975.
Other sources claim Curtiss C-46 XW-PMF (or HS-SKD), c/n reported 22561, was reported missing in the same period on the same flight. Since Stratoliner XW-TFP was seen in the Mekong river, near the Laos-Thailand border in 1986, this is probably the aircraft that "disappeared".


Sources:
» AeroTransport Data Bank
» MacAlan Thompson


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Distance from Hong Kong-Kai Tak International Airport to Vientiane-Wattay Airport as the crow flies is 1298 km (811 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs 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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