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|
|Flight origin||Hanoi International Airport|
|Destination||Don 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. The cause of the accident is undetermined, however the pilots reported the aircraft may have been struck by lightning. 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.
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).