Date: October 16, 2013
Time: 16:10
Location: Near Pakse, Laos
Operator: Lao Airlines
Flight #: 301
Route: Vientiane - Pakse
AC Type: ATR-72-50
Registration: RDPL-34233
cn / ln: 1071
Aboard: 49   (passengers:44  crew:5)
Fatalities: 49   (passengers:44  crew:5)
Ground: 0
Summary: The aircraft crashed into the Mekong River 5 miles from Paskse, while on approach to land and after attempting a go-around. The fuselage broke in two and sank into the river. The weather was poor at the time of the accident, with the tail end of Hurricane Nari affecting the area. A sudden change in weather conditions and the flight crew's failure to properly execute procedure have been identified as the probable causes of the crash. The flight crew's minima of 600 feet was lower than the published minima of 990 feet and the incorrect height of 645 feet as published in the JEPPESEN Chart at that time.After aborting the aircraft's approach at an altitude of around 595 feet, the flight crew executed a right turn instead of a nominal climb as dictated by the airport's VOR/DME missed approach procedure.

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