Date & Time: May 17, 2014 at 0700 LT
Type of aircraft:
Antonov AN-74TK-300
Registration:
RDPL-34020
Flight Type:
Government
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Vientiane – Xiang Khouang
MSN:
36547098982
YOM:
2007
Country:
Laos
Region:
Asia
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
6
Pax on board:
11
Pax fatalities:
10
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
16
Circumstances:
On final approach to Xiang Khouang Airport, aircraft was too low, hit tree tops and crashed in flames in a dense wooded area located some 1,500 meters short of runway. 14 occupants were killed while 3 others were injured, among them a nurse. The aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and post crash fire. For unknown reason, crew was approaching at a too low altitude. One day after the crash, two survivors died from their injuries, and the nurse was the only survivor. All government officials were flying to Xiang Khouang to attend an event to celebrate the creation of the 2nd Division of the Laotian army. Among the passengers were:
Laotian Ministry of Defense and Vice-Prime Minister Mr. Douangchay Phichit,
Secretary of the National Party Mr. Cheuang Sombounkhanh,
Mayor of Vientiane Mr. Soukanh Mahalath,
Laotian Ministry of Public Safety Mr. Thongbanh Sengaphone.