A Lao air force Antonov An-74 TK-300 crashed while on final approach to Laos’s Xieng Khoang Airport on Saturday 17 May.
Media reports indicate that all 20 passengers and crew died in the crash. A statement by the official Lao News Agency confirmed that four high-ranking officials were among the casualties, including the nation’s deputy prime minister, who was also the country’s defence minister.
The crash occurred at
The registration of the aircraft is believed to be RDPL-34020, bearing manufacturer serial number 36547098982, according to Flightglobal’s Ascend Online database. The aircraft’s build year was 2009.
The TK-300 variant o the AN-74 varies from other An-74s in that it's two Lotarev D-36 engines are mounted on pylons beneath the wings, compared with type's typical over-wing configuration. Antonov claims that the new configuration decreases fuel burn and improves range.
It can carry up to 10 tonnes of cargo or 52 passengers.