Accident description
Last updated: 24 April 2014
Status:Preliminary
Date:Thursday 14 February 2002
Type:Harbin Yunshuji Y-12-II
Operator:Lao Aviation
Registration: RDPL-34118
C/n / msn: 0043
First flight: 1990
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 13
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 15
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Sam Neua Airport (NEU) (   Laos)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Sam Neua Airport (NEU/VLSN), Laos
Destination airport:Vientiane-Wattay Airport (VTE/VLVT), Laos
Narrative:
As the plane was lifting off from the Sam Neua runway, at a height of about two meters, a gust of wind pulled it back causing the plane to crashland on the runway. Only one passenger was injured, but the plane was damaged beyond repair. The engines were sent to Singapore for refurbishing; the fuselage was cut up and bundled and will be sent to Vietnam for sale as scrap metal.

Sources:
» Stan Sesser, Asian Wall Street Journal


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Distance from Sam Neua Airport to Vientiane-Wattay 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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