Laos military passenger plane crashed with ministers and senior government officials on board

A Laos air force passenger plane carrying about 20 people, including the country's defense minister and other senior officials, crashed on Saturday, Thailand's Foreign Ministry said.

Laos military passenger plane crashed with ministers and senior government officials on board

A Laos air force passenger plane carrying about 20 people, including the country’s defense minister and other senior officials, crashed on Saturday, Thailand’s Foreign Ministry said.

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.

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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.

There was no official statement on the crash from authorities in Laos, which is ruled by a secretive Communist Party. No exact information about injuries or casualties is known at this time.

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