"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 defense minister of Laos and his wife were on
board," the official told Reuters by telephone.
Vientiane is the capital of Laos.
The official, who declined to be named because he was not
authorized to speak to the media, said there were 14 people on
board, but he had no further details.
A witness at the crash site told Reuters by phone that Defense
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.
He had heard there may have been 20 people on board and that
three were reported to have survived, but that has not been
Thailand's Foreign Ministry said it had been informed by Laos's
government that the plane was an AN74-300 craft and that it had
crashed at 6:15 a.m (7.15 p.m. EDT on Friday).
(Reporting by Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Viparat Jantraprap;
Writing by Alan Raybould; Editing by Paul Tait and Matt
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