Lao Airlines (Vientiane) today (October 16) suffered a terrible accident. One of their new ATR 72-600s, registered RDPL-34233, crashed into the Mekong River in bad weather while attempting an approach for landing at Pakse Airport in southern Laos on a flight from Vientiane. 39 passengers and five crew members were on board according to the Bangkok Post. All 44 people have tragically perished in the crash. The aircraft is half submerged in the river with bodies being brought to the shore line according to Laos TV.
Did a lingering part of Typhoon Nari play a part in this accident? Reuters asks that question in this latest report: CLICK HERE
Copyright Photo: Olivier Gregoire/AirlinersGallery.com. Lao Airlines was operating two new ATR 72-600s (RDPL-34222 and RDPL-34233). The pictured ill-fated ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-600) F-WWEH (msn 1071) became RDPL-34233 when it was delivered on March 29, 2013.
Route Map: Pakse is in the southern portion of Laos on the Mekong River.
Lao Airlines (Vientiane) has signed a firm contract for two ATR 72-600s. These two new aircraft will be added to Lao Airlines’ current fleet of four ATR 72-500s (ATR 72-212As). The airline is in the midst of expanding its fleet in order to increase frequency on existing routes and to open up new destinations in the surrounding region.
Copyright Photo: Jay Selman. ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) RDPL-34174 (msn 878) completes its final approach into Bangkok.
Lao Airlines (Vientiane) will open a new International route linking Vientiane with Singapore (Changi) starting on November 24. The new route will operate three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays with Airbus A320 aircraft .
Detail of the flights are as follows:
QV 535 will depart Vientiane at 1505, arrive in Singapore at 1830.
QV 545 will depart Singapore at 1940, arrive in Vientiane at 2105.
Copyright Photo: Roy Lock. Please click on the photo for background information.
Lao Airlines (Vientiane) is planning to add Singapore and the Vientiane-Singapore route in November. The new route will be operated three times a week with Airbus A320 equipment. The A320 will arrive in October.
Read the full story from the Vientiane Times: CLICK HERE
Copyright Photo: Roy Lock. Please click on the photo for additional information.