Vietnam Airlines Flight 831

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Vietnam Airlines Flight 831
Vietnam Airlines Tu-134 VN-A120 BKK 1992-4-14.png
VN-A120, a Tupolev Tu-134 similar to the aircraft involved. This type of aircraft was involved in the Vietnam Airlines Flight 815 accident in 1997.
DateSeptember 9, 1988
SummaryControlled flight into terrain, reported lightning strike of aircraft
SiteNear Semafahkarm Village, Tambon Khu Khot, Amphoe Lam Luk Ka, Pathum Thani, Thailand
Aircraft typeTupolev Tu-134
OperatorVietnam Airlines
Flight originHanoi International Airport
DestinationDon Mueang International Airport

Vietnam Airlines Flight 831, a Tupolev Tu-134, crashed in a rice field near Semafahkarm Village, Tambon Khu Khot, Amphoe Lam Luk Ka, Pathum Thani, Thailand while operating a flight from Hanoi to Bangkok in 1998. The cause of the accident is undetermined, however the pilots reported the aircraft may have been struck by lightning.[1] Three crew and 73 passengers died in the accident. This accident was the second deadliest accident at the time in Thailand, and is currently the fifth deadliest.[2]


While still flying above the outer marker, the aircraft descended below the minimum safe altitude and crashed into the ground. The aircraft exploded on impact with debris spread over 500 metres (1,600 ft).[2]


Among the dead are SRV Minister of Public Health and Mrs. vi:Đặng Hồi Xuân and their daughter Hoa; Indian ambassador and Mrs. Arun B. Patwardhan and their 17-year-old son; David McAree, a Britisher formerly with Amnesty International and his wife, daughter of famed Vietnamese exiled writer vi:Duyên Anh; Kiyokta Ida, second secretary of the Japanese embassy in Hanoi. Also aboard were Poles, French, Finns, Swedes, Burmese, Indians and Japanese (no Americans).[3]


  1. ^ "Lodi News-Sentinel - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 2019-01-06.
  2. ^ a b Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Tupolev Tu-134A VN-A102 Bangkok-Don Muang International Airport (BKK)". Retrieved 2019-01-06.
  3. ^ Indochina Chronology, Volume 7, Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, 1988, p. 7