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Laos air force plane crashes, defence minister reported dead

A Laotian air force plane with at least 14 people on board crashed on Saturday.

A Laotian air force plane with at least 14 people on board crashed on Saturday (May 17), a defence ministry source said, and a witness at the site said the defence minister was among the dead.
A rescue worker makes his way through the debris at an air force plane crash site. (Source: Reuters)

"A Laos air force plane has crashed on its way to Xiang Khouang province in the north of the country. The mayor of Vientiane, the defence minister of Laos and his wife were on board," the official told Reuters by telephone.
Rescue workers search an air force plane crash site. (Source: Reuters)

The official, who declined to be named because he was not authorised to speak to the media, said there were 14 people on board, but he had no further details.
Rescue workers search an air force plane crash site. (Source: Reuters)

A witness at the crash site told Reuters by phone that Defence Minister Douangchai Phicit had been killed. He said the plane went down near Nadee village in Xiang Khouang province, just 2 km (1.25 miles) from the airport it was heading for.
An officer takes pictures with his mobile phone at an air force plane crash site. (Source: Reuters)

A rescue worker makes his way past the wreckage of an air force plane at its crash site. (Source: Reuters)

He had heard there may have been 20 people on board and that three were reported to have survived, but that has not been confirmed officially.
Rescue workers search an air force plane crash site. (Source: Reuters)

Rescue workers search an air force plane crash site. (Source: Reuters)