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Military aircraft carrying Laos Defence Minister crashes: Thai official

Published on May 17, 2014 12:57 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 carrying top officials including the defence minister crashed on Saturday in the north of the communist country, a Thai official said, without giving details of any casualties.  -- PHOTO: REUTERS

 BANGKOK (AFP) - A Lao military plane carrying top officials including the defence minister crashed on Saturday in the north of the communist country, a Thai official said, without giving details of any casualties.  

About 20 people were on board including Defence Minister Douangchay Phichit, the Vientiane governor and other prominent figures, foreign ministry spokesman Sek Wannamethee told AFP.  

He said he had received the information from the Thai embassy in Laos.  

The official Lao news agency KPL confirmed the crash – which it said involved an Antonov AN- 74TK-300 plane operated by the Lao air force – but did not give any information about the passengers or any casualties.  

 
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