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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:Preliminary
Date:Wednesday 17 April 2013
Time:14:35
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300
Operator:Lao Air
Registration: RDPL-34180
C/n / msn: 231
First flight: 1969
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 16
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 18
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Written off (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
Flightnumber: 201
Narrative:
A de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 passenger plane sustained substantial damage in a takeoff accident at Sam Neua-Nathong Airport, Laos. Five occupants were hurt.
The airplane took off but failed to clear trees at the end of the runway. It clipped some trees and crashed into a canal about 200 metres from the end of the runway. The left hand wing was sheared off.

Sources:
» Vientiane Times


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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 Network’s 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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