01:19 19-12-2014
MAIN Russian
About us On-line subscription
KazakhstanTajikistanUzbekistanKyrgyzstanTurkmenistanWorld
POLITICSBUSINESSINCIDENTSSOCIETYCULTURESPORTANALYSISSCIENCE
Thailand: Lao military plane carrying Defense Minister crashes

Bishkek (AKIpress) - nsilaoscrash17514e A Lao air force plane carrying about 20 people, including the country's defense minister and other senior officials, crashed on Saturday, Thailand's Foreign Ministry said.

The permanent secretary of the Thai defence ministry, Mr Nipat Thonglek, told AFP that he had been informed of the deaths by a senior Lao military official and would attend the defence minister's funeral on behalf of Thailand. 

The plane took off from the capital, Vientiane, early Saturday morning and crashed in the northeastern province of Xiangkhoung, about 470 kilometers (290 miles) away.

The aircraft was carrying Defense Minister Douangchay Phichit, who is also a deputy prime minister, and several other high-ranking officials, including the governor of Vientiane, the capital.

They were heading to an official ceremony for the Ministry of Defense, said Sek, who was informed of the crash by authorities in neighboring Laos.

He did not immediately have any other details, and there was no official statement on the crash from authorities in Laos, which is ruled by a secretive Communist Party.

In October, a Lao Airlines ATR-72 turboprop crashed during a heavy storm as it approached Pakse Airport in southern Laos, killing all 49 people on board.


Twitterfacebookprint
16:17 17.05.2014
LATEST NEWS
18:22 Parliament approves nominee for Minister of Education and Science18:09 Kyrgyzstan particularly interested in European investors – Vice PM Dil to Tractebel Engineering17:54 Drug Control Agency, Supreme Prosecutors' Office of South Korea agree to develop bilateral relations in fight against drug trafficking17:47 No exchange offices to remain in Kyrgyzstan if speculations continue – National Bank Chairman17:36 Kyrgyzstan interested in comprehensive cooperation with Latvia – Foreign Minister17:23 Global Environment Facility decides to protect snow leopards, habitat of Fritillaria Eduardii flowers16:53 Putin says ruble to rise again in two years16:42 Kazakh tenge kept stable by central bank despite Russia's weakening ruble - Finance Minister16:39 Switzerland now representing Czech Republic in visa matters in Kyrgyzstan15:32 Swiss National Bank cuts interest rate to minus 0.25%15:20 Rassia delays launch of Strela carrier rocket from Baikonur due to technical problems15:08 Nazarbayev tasks Foreign Minister to analyze situation around relations between Russia and West14:47 Kazakhstan has no plans to revisit its budget amid ruble crisis - Minister14:12 Brent steady above $61 as companies cut upstream investments14:06 Kazakh Air Force receives new C-295 plane13:48 Kuwait hosts diplomatic reception dedicated to anniversary of Kyrgyz independence13:34 Dormitory students to arrange Save the Light flash mob13:22 41 people killed in road accidents in Batken region12:59 Bishkek to host a workshop on making mochi Japanese rice cakes12:45 U.S., Cuba restore ties after 50 years
Astana
-8° C
Ashgabat
+11° C
Bishkek
+4° C
Dushanbe
+4° C
Tashkent
+6° C
exchange rates
 
71.82
57.60
9.31
0.85
226.11
181.70
29.35
3.11
6.49
5.24
0.85
0.08
2984.62
2409.67
388.81
45.20
3.55
2.85
0.46
0.04

© AKIpress News Agency - 2001-2014
Use of the AKIpress.com materials must be accompanied by a hyperlink to www.akipress.com
Our address:
Moskovskaya str. 189, Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic
e-mail: english@akipress.org, akipressenglish@gmail.com;
Tel/Fax: +996(312)90-07-75