A Laos air force plane with 14 people on board, including the defense minister, has crashed in the north of the Southeast Asian country, a Laos defense ministry source said on Saturday.
The official, who declined to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the media, was unable to confirm reports in neighboring Thailand that the minister had died but that up to three passengers had survived.
"A Laos air force plane has crashed on its way to Xiang Khouang province in the north of the country. The mayor of Vientiane, the defense minister of Laos and his wife were on board," the official told Reuters by telephone.
Vientiane is the capital of Laos.