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Dozens Die As Plane Crashes Into Mekong River
« on: October 16, 2013, 08:16:06 PM »
An aircraft has crashed into the Mekong river in Laos killing 39 people.

The plane, on an internal flight, crashed in bad weather as it attempted to land at Pakse airport in the south of Laos.

The Lao Airlines plane was on an internal flight from the capital, Vientiane, to the south of the country, crashed in the late afternoon, China's Xinhua state news agency said, citing the airline.

A television station in neighbouring Thailand said 39 people had been killed.

The Bangkok Post reported that the  ART twin-turbo plane flight QV301 crashed into the river as it was coming in to land at the airport in Champassak province in southern Laos due to bad weather.

The plane left Wattay airport in Vientiane at 2.45pm and crashed in Pakse at 4pm, the report said.

Airline and government officials in Laos were not immediately available for comment.

Lao Airlines has been in existence since 1976. It previously operated as Lao Aviation, becoming Lao Airlines in March this year.

According to its website the Lao Airlines network offers: "A global end-to-end service airlines, offering year-round low fares with an extensive global route network flying to in Laos and from centrally located airports in Indochina."

It adds: "The company's logo, the five petals that compose the Champa flower represent the way Lao Airlines has achieved great success from past investments of time and effort in acquiring experience.

"Its planes such as: ATR 72-200,MA60 guarantee the daily flights with China, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia."
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Re: Dozens Die As Plane Crashes Into Mekong River
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2013, 10:34:08 PM »

Laos crash: 44 dead as plane goes down in Mekong River

At least 44 people aboard a domestic flight in Laos were killed when the plane crashed in the south, officials in neighbouring Thailand say.

Seven of the dead are French nationals, officials in Paris said. Thais, Chinese and South Koreans were also killed.

The plane belonging to state-run Lao Airlines came down in the Mekong River on a flight from the capital Vientiane.

It crashed in bad weather just before it was due to land at Pakse airport, Lao Airlines said on its Facebook page.

It said there was no news of any survivors so far.

Flight QV301 came down about 8km (5 miles) from Pakse airport.

Thai foreign ministry spokesman Sek Wannamethee said there were 39 passengers and five crew aboard the plane, citing information from the Thai Embassy in Vientiane.

Thai TV pictures show a plane half-submerged in the river, AFP news agency reports.

A foreign national living in Pakse told the Bangkok Post by email of chaotic scenes as victims' bodies were brought in.

"The Chinese Temple in front of my house has become an emergency centre," he said.

The crashed plane is believed to be an ATR 72 - a French-Italian manufactured twin-engine plane commonly used by airlines in the region.

Those on board are reported to also include five Thai nationals, three South Koreans and two Chinese citizens.

The flight between the capital Vientiane and Pakse is frequently used by foreign tourists, says BBC South-East Asia correspondent Jonathan Head.

Lao Airlines is small company with just 14 aircraft in its fleet, and until now, a good safety record, our correspondent adds.
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Re: Thai divers to search for Pakse victims
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2013, 01:16:58 PM »
Thai divers to search for Pakse victims

A team of 50 divers and rescuers drawn from the Thai navy and a charity foundation in Ubon Ratchathani has been despatched to Champassak province of Laos to help in the search for the bodies of the Lao Airlines crash victims, Ubon Ratchathani deputy governor Suthinan Boonmee said.

Mr Suthinan said this was in response to a request by the authorities of Champassak province.

The Thai team, led by Mr Suthinan, met Khamsone Saengmala, a Lao coordinator, for a briefing at Chong Mek border pass in Sirindhorn district this morning before departing with necessary equipment for Pakse.

The plane, an ATR twin turbo prop, clashed into the Mekong river near Done Kho island, about 3km from Pakse airport, in bad weather Wednesday afternoon.

The plane is reported to have been carrying 44 passengers and five crew. All were believed to have been killed in the crash. Five Thais were among the passengers.

Mr Khamsone said the search might take a day or two because the Mekong river in the rainy season is very deep and flows rapidly.

Chawalit Thongprayoon, director of Sunpasitprasong Hospital in Ubon Ratchathani, said he had been asked by Champassak Hospital to provide some body bags.

The five Thais confirmed on board the ill-fated aircraft  were identified as Kanueng Chartkasamchai, Nipol Mengsee, Phakkhawat Atratanachai, Veejij Busarawuthanu, and Yanyong Apaanan.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Sek Wannamethi said officials from the Thai consulate in Savannakhet had left for Pakse to help identify the five Thais.

Russ Jalichandra, the Thai consul-general at Savannakhet, said so far the bodies of only five of the victims had been recovered.

So it might not be possible for the bodies of the five Thais to be sent home this afternoon, he said.

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« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2013, 02:03:22 PM »
Rescuers in fishing boats pulled bodies from the muddy Mekong River on Thursday as officials in Laos ruled out finding survivors from a plane that crashed in stormy weather, killing 49 people from 10 countries.

Backpacks, two broken propellers and passports were among the debris scattered on the riverbank where the Lao Airlines turboprop plane left deep skid marks in the ground before disappearing into the water Wednesday.

49 Killed as Laos Airliner Crashes : [VIDEO] Bodies Pulled From Mekong River
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Re: Pilot of Lao plane was 'told to change course'
« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2013, 02:30:52 PM »
A Lao Airlines pilot was told to change course shortly before his turboprop plane slammed into the murky Mekong River in southern Laos, killing all 49 people on board, including five Thai nationals.

The Phnom Penh Post reported yesterday that the control tower at the Pakse airport had issued the instruction to Cambodian-born pilot Young San, 56, as the plane was on a landing approach in extreme weather.

"During strong winds, the air controller told [Young San] to change course," said the Cambodian State Secretariat of Civil Aviation's safety and security director, Mak Sam Ol, who has been briefed on the cause of the crash by Laotian authorities.

"He followed instructions but the plane faced strong winds and it couldn't get through," Mak Sam Ol told The Phnom Penh Post. Young San, who had more than 30 years' flying experience, had worked for the airline for almost three years.

"He had a contract with Laos' aviation [authority] for three years and had been there almost all that time," Mak Sam Ol said.

He was a former pilot with Cambodia's defunct state carrier Royal Air Cambodge after having trained in Russia and later France, the Post said. Laotian officials and airline engineers are investigating the cause of the crash of the French-made ATR-72 twin-propeller aircraft that left deep skid marks before careering into the river on Wednesday and disappearing.

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