Accident description
Last updated: 19 December 2014
Status:Preliminary
Date:Thursday 19 October 2000
Time:12:12
Type:Harbin Yunshuji Y-12-II
Operator:Lao Aviation
Registration: RDPL-34130
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) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Vientiane-Wattay Airport (VTE/VLVT), Laos
Destination airport:Sam Neua Airport (NEU/VLSN), Laos
Flightnumber: 703
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.

Sources:
» Tommy Maurer
» Xinhua


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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 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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