Narrative:Lao Aviation flight 703 departed Vientiane at 10:48 (local time) and headed for Sam Neua. At 12:02 the pilot informed the Sam Neua airport control tower of their position and at 12:12 the control tower lost contact with the pilot. It appeared that the plane had crashed in mountainous area in bad weather.
|Date:||Thursday 19 October 2000|
|Type:||Harbin Yunshuji Y-12-II|
|C/n / msn:|| 0086|
|First flight:|| 1994|
|Engines:|| 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 15|
|Total:||Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 17 |
|Airplane damage:|| Damaged beyond repair|
|Location:||12 km (7.5 mls) from Sam Neua ( Laos)
|Phase:|| Approach (APR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Vientiane-Wattay Airport (VTE/VLVT), Laos|
|Destination airport:||Sam Neua Airport (NEU/VLSN), Laos|
» Tommy Maurer
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
display the exact flight path.
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 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.