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Last updated: 8 December 2021
Date:Wednesday 17 April 2013
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300
Operator:Lao Air
Registration: RDPL-34180
MSN: 231
First flight: 1969
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 16
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 18
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Sam Neua Airport (NEU) (   Laos)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Sam Neua Airport (NEU/VLSN), Laos
Destination airport:Vientiane-Wattay Airport (VTE/VLVT), Laos
Flightnumber: 201
A de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 passenger plane sustained substantial damage in a takeoff accident at Sam Neua-Nathong Airport, Laos. Five occupants were hurt.
The airplane took off but failed to clear trees at the end of the runway. It clipped some trees and crashed into a canal about 200 metres from the end of the runway. The left hand wing was sheared off.

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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Sam Neua Airport to Vientiane-Wattay Airport as the crow flies is 311 km (194 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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