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Accident description
Last updated: 17 November 2017
Status:Preliminary
Date:Saturday 17 May 2014
Time:06:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic A743 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov 74TK-300
Operator:Laos Government
Registration: RDPL-34020
C/n / msn: 36547098982
First flight: 2009-09-17 (4 years 8 months)
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 11
Total:Fatalities: 16 / Occupants: 17
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:2 km (1.3 mls) from Xieng Khouang Airport (XKH) (   Laos)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Official state flight
Departure airport:Vientiane-Wattay Airport (VTE/VLVT), Laos
Destination airport:Xieng Khouang Airport (XKH/VLXK), Laos
Narrative:
An Antonov An-74 of the Laos Government was involved in an accident near Xieng Khouang Airport (XKH), Laos. Three of the seventeen occupants initially survived, but two later succumbed to their injuries.
Among those killed were the Minister of Defense of Laos, Douangchay Phichit, Minister of Public Security Thongbanh Sengaphone, and the governor of Vientiane.

Sources:
» NY Times
» Sanook News
» Lao News Agency
» Bangkok Post
» China Central Television


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Distance from Vientiane-Wattay Airport to Xieng Khouang Airport as the crow flies is 173 km (108 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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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