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     May 19, '14


Air crash leaves Laos power vacuum
By Radio Free Asia

Lao Deputy Prime Minister Douangchay Phichit, Minister of Public Security Thongbanh Sengaphone and two other high-ranking officials were among 17 people killed in a military plane crash at the weekend, the government said, leaving a power vacuum in the authoritarian one-party administration.

Douangchay, who is also defense minister and a rising political



star, and the other officials were traveling on an Ukrainian-made Antonov AN-74TK-300 aircraft to attend a commemoration ceremony in Xiengkhuang province on Saturday morning when it crashed while approaching an airport, according to reports.

"They passed away because of the accident of the Lao Air Force AN-74TK-300 aircraft on 17 May at 7:00 am in Nadee village, Paek district of Xiengkhuang Province," the official Lao news agency KPL said in a dispatch.

"The cause of the accident is under investigation by concerned authorities," it said, giving little information about the crash in an area bordering northwestern Vietnam. More ...

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