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    Plane Crash in Laos

    Just heard this on the news and seems no survivors. Seems mostly tourists with 6 Aussies amongst the dead
    Laos plane crash: Sydney family among 49 killed

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    More from Bangkok Post

    A Lao Airlines plane from Vientiane crashed just before landing at Pakse airport on Wednesday, killing all 49 people onboard, an airline official said.

    The ATR twin-turbo flight QV301 with 44 passengers and five crew on board crashed into the Mekong River as it was coming in to land at the airport in Champassak province in southern Laos.

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

    The crash occurred at Don Khong in Phonethong district near Pakse, reports said.

    ''Upon preparing to land at Pakse airport the aircraft ran into extreme bad weather conditions and was reportedly crashed into the Mekong River. There were no news of survivors at this time,'' the Lao Ministry of Public Works and Transport said in a statement released after the accident.

    A list of the 44 passengers was released by the airline at about 9pm.

    It described the passengers as five from Thailand, five from Australia, three from Korea, seven from France, one from the US, one from China, one from Taiwan, one from Canada and two from Vietnam.

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    Ughh...horrible way to go,severe turbulence and remnants of a rain depression.

    wasnt expecting so many Aussies to be involved when i heard about it last night.

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    Very sad for all and heavily reported here this morning.

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    FIVE THAIS were among 49 passengers and crew killed when a twin-engine Lao Airlines plane plunged into the Mekong River yesterday as it attempted to land at an international airport in Laos' Champasak province, Thai Foreign Ministry spokesman Sek Wannamethee said.


    Some of the five Thais killed on the flight from Vientiane were reportedly employees of the Petroleum Authority of Thailand travelling to Champasak on a working visit, according to a senior PTT official.

    Flight QV301 was scheduled to land at Pakse International Airport at 4pm. A well-informed source said the aviation control tower at Pakse Airport recommended the pilots not land at the airport because of the poor visibility caused by Typhoon Nari.

    The storm has brought severe weather to Thailand, Laos and Vietnam.

    Despite the warning, the pilots insisted on attempting to land, but failed to do so because strong winds buffeted the aircraft. The pilots tried to raise the nose of the aircraft but were blown off course and crashed into a rocky island in the middle of the Mekong River about eight kilometres from the airport.

    The aircraft broke into two parts on impact and sank into the river in Ponethong district of Champasak, which is opposite Thailand's Ubon Ratchathani province.

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    I went across to Samui and back from Phuket last year on one of those type of planes, and although the crossing both was was perfect, I wondered to myself, how they would get on in bad weather crossing.

    That is the smallest plane I have ever been on, and did not feel 100% comfortable with flying on it.

    If the weather was as bad as they say in Laos, that would be the last place I would like to have been.

    Condolences to all families of the people that were on there.

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    Thai Navy diving teams (50 incl support staff) are on the way to assist with body recovery; will not be an easy job given the rainfall/Mekong in full flow. For families' sake hope they can recover all/most of them





    Thai divers to search for Pakse victims
    Published: 17 Oct 2013 at 11.41
    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.
    The five Thais confirmed on board the ill-fated aircraft were identified as Kanueng Chartkasemchai, 47, Niphon Chaichanakuldee, 27, Pakawat Athinrattanachai, 47, Wikij Busarathanusorn, 38, and Banyong Apanan, 29.
    Foreign Ministry spokesman Sek Wannamethi said officials from the Thai consulate in Savannakhet had left for Pakse to help identify the five Thais.
    Rasm Chaleechan, the Thai consular-general at Savannakhet, said so far the bodies of only five of the victims had been recovered.
    Last edited by Hatari; 17th October 2013 at 19:46.

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    Sad article here about family lost in the crash Laos plane crash: Sydney family among 49 killed
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    [SIZE="4"]Body of last Thai crash victim found[/SIZE]

    October 24, 2013 1:00 am

    The body of a fifth Thai passenger killed in a plane crash in Laos last Wednesday was found in the Mekong River yesterday, according to an official involved in the recovery operation.

    Nipol Chaichana-kuldee, 27, was among five Thais killed when the Lao Airlines ATR-72 plunged into the Mekong on its approach to Pakse Airport in Champasak. The accident killed all 49 people on board the plane.

    Local news agency Vientiane Times has reported that according to a senior government official, the main wreckage of the Lao Airlines plane has been recovered but the two "black box" flight recorders have yet to be located.

    The fuselage was lifted from the river by floating crane, while divers discovered numerous other pieces of wreckage - but the black boxes were not among them, despite a signal being detected in the area.

    Compensation - Bangkok Post

    Sitthideth Duangsitthi, director-general of Lao Airlines' planning and cooperation department, told the state-owned English-language newspaper that the airline will pay 20 million kip (78,800 baht) to the family of each of the victims, plus an additional US$5,000 (155,000 baht) from its London-based insurance company Willis. The initial payment was intended to cover funeral expenses.

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