Accident description
Last updated: 3 September 2014
Status:
Date:Saturday 1 September 1979
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN26 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov 26
Operator:Lao Aviation
Registration: RDPL-34037
C/n / msn: 2506 ?
First flight: 1974
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 68
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 74
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:Ban Mai (   Thailand)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Hanoi-Noi Bai International Airport (HAN/VVNB), Vietnam
Destination airport:Vientiane-Wattay Airport (VTE/VLVT), Laos
Narrative:
The Antonov 26 departed Hanoi for a flight to Vientiane. On board were 62 girl students and 6 parents returning from the Soviet Union. Near Vientiane the crew became lost in a heavy rainstorm. The plane entered Thai airspace and circled the village of Ban Mai four times before the pilots were forced to land in a corn field due to fuel exhaustion. The exact extent of damage is unknown.

Sources:
» Soviet Transports
» Bangkok Post
» MacAlan Thompson


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Distance from Hanoi-Noi Bai International Airport to Vientiane-Wattay Airport as the crow flies is 492 km (307 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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