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Accident description
Last updated: 21 October 2017
Date:Monday 25 May 1998
Type:Silhouette image of generic YK40 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Yakovlev 40
Operator:Lao Aviation
Registration: RDPL-34001
C/n / msn: 9431835
First flight: 1974
Engines: 3 Ivchenko AI-25
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 26 / Occupants: 26
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Long Tieng, Xiangkhouang (   Laos)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Vientiane-Wattay Airport (VTE/VLVT), Laos
Destination airport:Phonesavanh Airport (VLPV), Laos
The Yak-40 was carrying a Vietnamese military delegation from Vientiane to Xiang Khoang in Laos, when it crashed into a jungle during a heavy rainstorm.

» Scramble 230
» Flight International 03-09.06.1998 (12)
» Soviet Transports
» Reuters
» South China Morning Post 2 June 1998


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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 Vientiane-Wattay Airport to Phonesavanh Airport as the crow flies is 176 km (110 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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