20 Feared Dead in Cambodian Plane Crash

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia --

A chartered plane flying Monday between two popular tourist destinations in Cambodia has crashed, with at least 20 people on board feared dead, an aviation official said.

The plane, a Russian-made AN-24, was flying from Siem Reap - where the popular Angkor Wat temple complex is located - to Sihanoukville, a coastal city with access to beaches, said Him Sarun, Cabinet chief for the Secretariat of Civil Aviation.

An official at Siem Reap airport said 13 of the passengers were from South Korea, three were Czech, one was Russian and five were Cambodian. Their names were not available.

The official, who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the press, said the plane carried a crew of five Cambodians.

The plane belonged to a small Cambodian airline called PMT Air, which began flying from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville in January.

The airport official said contact with the plane was lost at 10:50 a.m., five minutes before it was due to land. Him Sarun said the crash site had not yet been located by rescue teams.


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