BREAKING: Thai official says Lao air force plane carrying defense minister crashes in Laos


Thai defense minister meeting. U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta

(AP) — Thai official says Lao air force plane carrying defense minister has crashed in Laos.

BANGKOK (AP) — A Laos air force plane believed to be carrying 20 people including the country’s defense minister crashed on Saturday, Thailand’s Foreign Ministry said.

There was no immediate word on casualties, said the Foreign Ministry spokesman, Sek Wannamethee.

He said he was informed of the crash by authorities in neighboring Laos.

He did not immediately have any other details.

In October, a Lao Airlines ATR-72 turboprop crashed during a heavy storm as it approached Pakse Airport in southern Laos, killing all 49 people on board.

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