A plane with Laotian government officials as its passengers crashed on Saturday morning, leaving at least four people dead. Two major governmental figures, the deputy prime minister, Douangchay Phichit, and the minister of public security, Thongbane Sengaphone, were killed in the accident.
Being a Communist country, the government depended on using force and intimidation as a point of focus in their policies to remain in power. The loss of these two prominent figures can be considered a weak point. The governor of the Vientiane province was also killed.
Phichit was also a defense minister and a member of the Politburo, the highest decision-making faction of the Communist party. Sengaphone was said to have been one of the most feared men in the country and had been leading a force against dissent in the past eighteen months.
The plane, an Antonov AN-74TK300, had crashed in the village of Nadi and the officials were headed to a military ceremony. It happened around 7a.m. and the cause of the crash is still unknown.
A bit of mystery there. Could it have been on purpose?