Posted on: 16 October 2013 by Mark Howells
ATR has confirmed that an ATR 72-600 operated by Lao Airlines was involved in an accident at around 16:00 (local time) near Pakse (Laos) on 16 October.
The flight, QV301, was operating between Vientiane and Pakse with 44 passengers and five crew members on board. The aircraft, registered under RDPL-34233, was MSN (Manufacturing Serial Number) 1071, delivered from the production line in March 2013.
The circumstances of the accident are still to be determined, but official sources of Lao Airlines commented that “the aircraft ran into extreme bad weather conditions and was reportedly crashed into the Mekong river. There is no news of survivors at this time”.
The Laos Authorities will lead the investigation and will remain the official source of information. In line with the ICAO Annex 13 convention, ATR will provide full assistance via the French Bureau d'Enquêtes et Analyses (BEA), the safety investigation authority representing the country of the aircraft manufacturer.