No Survivors From Lao Airlines Crash Near Pakse
An ATR-72-600 operating as Lao Airlines flight 301 which departed from Wattay International Airport in Vientiane was on final approach to the airport in Pakse — the third most populous city in Laos — when it crashed into the Mekong River earlier today, killing all 49 people aboard the aircraft.
None of the 44 passengers and five flight crew members from nine countries survived the crash, the cause of which is considered to be “extremely bad weather conditions”, according to an article in the Bangkok Post. The crash occurred at approximately 4:00 in the afternoon local time earlier today at Don Khong, which is an island located approximately nine kilometers northwest of Pakse International Airport.
The airplane was one of a total of 14 aircraft in the entire Lao Airlines fleet.
When considering an airfare difference of almost half from Chiang Mai to Luang Prebang when compared to Bangkok Airways, FlyerTalk member Susan4 was concerned about the safety record of Lao Airlines back in July of 2010. Experiences of FlyerTalk members as passengers of — as well as commentary pertaining to — Lao Airlines can be found in the following discussions:
- Lao Airlines Business Class VTE-BKK
- Lao Aviation HAN-LPQ in Y and a HARD landing
- Lao Air
- Lao Airlines to and through Laos
- Lao Airlines
- Lao Airlines (formerly Lao Aviation)
- Lao Aviation
An announcement by the Lao Ministry of Public Works and Transport stated that its findings pertaining to the crash will be disclosed on Thursday.