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Last updated: 18 March 2018
Date:Friday 11 February 1972
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54A-DO (DC-4)
Operator:Royal Air Lao
Registration: XW-TDE
C/n / msn: 3098
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 17
Total:Fatalities: 23 / Occupants: 23
Airplane damage: Missing
Airplane fate: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Location:between Savannakhet and Vientiane (   Laos)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Savannakhet Airport (ZVK/VLSK), Laos
Destination airport:Vientiane-Wattay Airport (VTE/VLVT), Laos
The DC-4 went missing on a flight from Saigon to Savannakhet and Vientiane. Last radio contact was with Bangkok Regional Control Center, when the crew reported overhead the SH point at 13:20 at FL100 and estimating Vientiane at 14:22. Reportedly shot down.


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Savannakhet Airport to Vientiane-Wattay Airport as the crow flies is 281 km (175 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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