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Farewell to Lao Airlines cabin crew, Wattay International Airport, Vientiane | by David McKelvey
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Farewell to Lao Airlines cabin crew, Wattay International Airport, Vientiane

The Xian MA60 ("Modern Ark 60") is a turboprop-powered airliner made by China's Xi'an Aircraft Industrial Corporation under the China Aviation Industry Corporation I (AVIC I). The airplane received its type certificate from the Civil Aviation Administration of China in June 2000. The MA60 has not applied for FAA(US) and EASA(Europe) type certification, and is not certified for use in the European Union or the USA.

 

As of May 11, 2015, there have been 13 accidents involving the MA60. One accident was fatal (MZ8968) resulting in 21 passenger and 4 crew deaths. This caused New Zealand to go as far as suspending tourism aid to Tonga and warned tourists about flying the aircraft which had been gifted to the country. On 10 May 2015, Joy Air flight JR1529 from Yiwu to Fuzhou with 45 passengers and 7 crew, landed on Fuzhou runway 03 at about 11:57L (03:57Z) but veered right off the runway and came to a stop right off the runway edge about 500 meters past the runway threshold and about 50 meters off the runway centerline with all gear on soft ground. The engines made ground contact causing the wings to be nearly torn off and substantial damage to the fuselage and structure. 7 occupants received injuries in the accident. Source: en.wikipedia.org

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Taken on July 26, 2014