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Lao Defence Minister, 4 senior officials killed in plane crash: Thailand

Published on May 17, 2014 4:25 PM
 
Rescue workers search an air force plane crash site near Nadee village, in Xiang Khouang province in the north of the country on May 17, 2014. A Lao military plane crashed on Saturday killing five senior officials on board including the Defence Minister, Mr Douangchay Phichit, of the communist country, Thai authorities said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BANGKOK (AFP) - A Lao military plane crashed on Saturday killing five senior officials on board including the Defence Minister, Mr Douangchay Phichit, of the communist country, Thai authorities said.

The group was believed to be travelling to an official ceremony in the north-eastern province of Xiangkhouang on an air force jet manufactured by Ukraine's Antonov.

The permanent secretary of the Thai defence ministry, Mr Nipat Thonglek, told AFP that he had been informed of the deaths by a senior Lao military official and would attend the defence minister's funeral on behalf of Thailand.

The foreign ministry in Bangkok said about 20 people were on board including the Vientiane governor and other prominent figures.

 
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