2014 Laos AN-74 Disaster

2014 Laos AN-74 Disaster

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The 2014 Laos AN 74 Disaster was an airplane related disaster referring to a Antonov AN 74 military type of airplane that crashed in northern Laos on May 17th 2014, taking the lives of 16 people, including the mayor of the country’s capitol city, Vientiane


The Ukrainian built an Antonov An-74 that was carrying several top officials of the country to a 55th anniversary of the second division of the Lao’s People Army, the plane had lifted off from Vientiane to it’s destination at Xieng Khouang Airport

At around 6:15, 6:30, or 7:00 am local time on May 17th 2014, the airplane crashed into Nadee, Xiang Khouang. 2,000 meters from it’s destination, it has since been marked the second deadliest accident in Laos history, 20 people were believed to be on board and the cause of the crash is unknown and the names of the survivors have not yet been released

Notable Developments

Soon after the crash, #PrayForLaos was one of the many trends on Twitter
The ceremony was cancelled, and the loss of the two most powerful people in the security apparatus was considered a big blow in the communist party for power, and it was reported only two passengers survived the crash, and a three day national mourning period was announced

News Reaction

The crash had became the subject for many news sites and channels, including NBC and New York Daily News
Lao national television also showed pictures of the mangled wreckage

In October 2013, A Lao Airlines ATR-72 had crashed due to a heavy storm while approaching Pakse Airport, all passengers on board died, and it was ranked the deadliest Lao accident

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