Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Security of Laos Dies in Plane Crash
A plane carrying the Deputy Prime Minister of Laos, along with several other high profile officials, crashed in Pek district, Xieng Khouang province, around 500 kilometres away from the capital city Vientiane.
The accident happened on the morning of May 17 when the plane was taking 20 people to Xieng Khouang to attend a military ceremony being held to celebrate 55th anniversary of one of the military divisions of Laos.
According to the Thai Defense Ministry’s permanent secretary, Nipat Thonglek, General Douangchay Phichit, who is the Deputy PM, and Thongbane Sengaphone the minister of public security, have been confirmed dead in the accident. Other deceased include the Governor of Vientaine, Sukan Mahalad and two other high ranked officials.
The Ukrainian-made Antonov AN-74TK-300 aircraft was operated by the National Air force and was used for the movement of VIPs in Laos.
The cause of crash is not known at the moment.