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Vietnamese Airliner Crashes Approaching Bangkok Airport

United Press International

A Soviet-built Air Vietnam airliner with about 100 passengers aboard crashed this morning in a heavy rainstorm on its approach to a Bangkok airport and burst into flames, a fire department official said.

The Soviet Tupolev 034 crashed about five miles short of Don Muang International Airport into a field near a housing estate, said fire department official Fontip Potisa.

“The plane is on fire, and the flames are being whipped by a heavy wind and rainstorm,” Fontip said.

“Our men can’t get to the plane because the fire is too intense,” he said.

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He said there were still no firm reports on dead or injured, but earlier a police official said an initial report indicated some injured had been rushed to a hospital.

Police said a rescue helicopter was dispatched to the area.

“We don’t know how many people were aboard, but we believe it was about 100,” said a police official who asked not to be named.

Air Vietnam’s Flight VN831 from Hanoi was scheduled to arrive in Bangkok at 11:40 a.m.

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Airport officials said the plane disappeared from airport radar screens about 10 minutes before it was due to land.


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