Vietnam Airlines Flight 831

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Vietnam Airlines Flight 831
Date September 9, 1988
Summary Controlled flight into terrain, reported lightning strike of aircraft
Site Near Semafahkarm Village, Tambon Khu Khot, Amphoe Lam Luk Ka, Pathum Thani, Thailand
Aircraft type Tupolev Tu-134
Operator Vietnam Airlines
Registration VN-A102
Flight origin Hanoi International Airport
Destination Don Mueang International Airport
Passengers 84
Crew 6
Fatalities 76
Survivors 14

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. 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 worst accident at the time in Thailand, and is currently the fifth worst.[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. ^ Lightning may be cause of crash
  2. ^ ASN Aircraft accident Tupolev 134A VN-A102
  3. ^ Indochina Chronology, Volume 7, Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, 1988, p. 7