Lao Airlines Victims Recovered in Mekong River

Thursday, October 17, 2013
By George Hatcher

There were Australians-a family of four and an aid worker and his father-aboard the ATR 72 crash in Laos. Forty-four passengers including five crew died in the crash. THe plane caught the tail end of a typhoon and crashed in the Mekong River. People from ten countries were aboard, including Koreans, French and Australians.

The Oct 16, 2013 crash is the first reported crash of Lao airlines.

Lao Airlines Flight QV301 Avions de Transport Regional ATR-72-600, from Vientiene was about to land at Pakse airport when it crashed. No survivors were reported. Between the weather and low visibility underwater, few bodies have been recovered so far.

Rescuers in fishing boats retrieved some of the remains.

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