Case 0343
Summary of 81st Joint Field
Activity conducted 29 Oct-4
Nov, 2003 in the Lao
People's Democratic
Republic
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The search was conducted in the Boualapha District, Khammouan Province and was
assisted by three Vietnamese witnesses: Mr Hoang Van Loi, Mr Vu Van Tuyen and  
Mr Nguyen Van Duoc
Mr.Loi was a cook who investigated the crash site out of curiosity. Mr.Tuyen was
involved in the burial of the two bodies found. Mr Douc also investigated the crash
site and was resting in a cave when the incident occurred.
Initially the team was brought to the area of original coordinates looking for the
karst and Mr Duoc's  cave which was a significant land mark. It was felt that if they
could find the cave, they would be able to locate the crash site. After much
searching, the three Vietnamese  witnesses  unanimously agreed that this area was
not the correct area. Mr Duoc presented a sketch of his recollection of the crash
area. Comparing the sketch with a map, both the team and the witnesses determined
that the area in question was near a karst called Hill 685. Mr Duoc felt the cave was
in that Karst.
The team did try aerial reconnaissance of Hill 685 with no success of locating the
cave. Dense vegetation around Hill 685 also  prohibited a foot search for the cave as
well. Still the witnesses felt positive that the crash site was in this area.
The witnesses guided the team down old Rt 20 ( 912) and identified a general area
east of the road and a 100 meter x 100 meter was searched.  In the northwest corner
of the search area,
the team located several miscellaneous unidentified pieces of aircraft wreckage at
grid coordinates XE 22079  06177. The wreckage site was on flat ground about 10
meters from a footpath, in dense vegetation. All witnesses were confident that this
was the correct location.
The witness were not able to pinpoint the exact burial location but agreed that it was
within 30
meters south or north east of the crash site.
Mr Khamphan, a village chieftain of Nong Ma, stated that the Vietnamese had
scavenged and taken away most of the wreckage and that the Nong Ma residents did
not scavenge the wreckage. The team and the Vietnamese  witnesses felt the Ban
Nong Ma officials were hampering the search by steering them away from certain
areas.
The minimal wreckage at the site was insufficient to determine whether this was the
impact point however all witnesses  were confident that this area was the general
crash site area.


Note: It is the Webmaster s opinion that the Vietnamese witnesses confused Hill 685
with Phou Lo Lut and that the original   crash coordinates are the correct one.





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Beeper signal
coordinates:
XE 220 079
and
XE 216 073

secondary Crash
coordinates:
XE 22079  0617
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Evaluated  
2019-2020   no
result.
Recorded crash site
coordinates:
EX 256 083