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Last updated: 26 April 2019
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Date:09-NOV-2008
Time:19:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Eurocopter AS350 Squirrel
Owner/operator:Sokha Helicopters
Registration:
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Bavet District, Svay Rieng province -   Cambodia
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Phnom Penh
Destination airport:Svay Rieng
Narrative:
Gen. Hok Lundy, the police commissioner-general, along with General Sok Saem, deputy army commander, and two pilots died when the helicopter in which they were traveling went down in Bavet District, Svay Rieng province, in southeast Cambodia on November 9 2008 at around 7pm local time

The cause of the accident remains undisclosed; officially, the aircraft was said to have exploded after being struck by lightning. However, there have been claims that the AS 350 was shot down by a Chinese-made shoulder-launched "blowpipe" type of surface to air missile, launched by a group of Khmer Rouge rebels.

The sudden death of a man who had made many enemies has sparked much speculation in Cambodia that the helicopter crash may not have been an accident, despite reports of bad weather. The helicopter caught fire, and the government has promised an investigation. Many people would have cause to celebrate the death of Cambodia's Mr Untouchable.

Sources:

1. http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/other/2008/11/10/182445/Cambodian-police.htm
2. [LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.camnet.com.kh/cambodia.daily/selected_features/cd-Nov-11-2008.htm]
3. http://ki-media.blogspot.co.uk/2008/11/hok-lundys-chopper-hit-by-lightning-hun.html
4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hok_Lundy
5. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2008/nov/12/cambodia


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
29-Mar-2013 08:06 gerard57 Added
06-Dec-2013 11:14 gerard57 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Source]
30-Jun-2014 00:55 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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