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LAO Airlines Crash Update

At last the flight data recorder from the crash of a Lao Airlines turboprop ATR-72 has been recovered from the Mekong river. The cockpit voice recorder has been located also but has not yet been retrieved due to the strong currents and muddy water of the Mekong.

The flight data recorder tracks technical data: altitude, speed and route.

A cockpit voice recorder records cockpit conversation. The cockpit voice recorder has not been retrieved, though news releases to the contrary have been circulated.

Lao Airlines most recent press release:

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Lao Airlines Victims Recovered in Mekong River

LAO Airlines Crash Update: Victims Named

Painful Search Continues in Laos

Painful Search Continues in Laos

photographer Teerawut W

Retrieval of the Lao Airlines plane that crashed in the Mekong river on a go-around has been hampered by primitive conditions. The plane has only been in service since March 2013.

The plane encountered a strong gust of wind, its nose lifted, then the ATR-72-600 impacted near Done Kho Island. Although the accident was on the 19th, and investigators have detected signals from the flight data recorders, rustic conditions, poor visibility and turbulent river eddies have prevented recovery of the black boxes. Divers have had to use ropes in the muddy water.

Forty-four victims had been recovered from the swollen river in Laos. The bodies have been subject to significant drift, due to the forceful currents.

Four crew, the Cambodian captain, plus 16 Laotians, seven French travellers, six Australians, five Thais, three South Koreans, two Vietnamese, and one national each from the United States, Canada, Malaysia, China and Taiwan were aboard.

This is Lao Airlines first fatal crash in 13 years.


LAO Airlines Crash Update: Victims Named

Sixteen Lao, seven French, six Australians, five Thais, three Koreans, three Vietnamese and one each from China, Malaysia, Taiwan and the United States died in the ATR-72 crash near Pakse Airport in the Mekong river.

From Sidney, the Rhodes family was identified, 39-year-old Gavin, a tax consultant from western Sydney, his wife, Phoumalaysy, 35 and their two children, Jadesuda, three, and Manfred, 17 months, and Penangite Angelin Teh, 24, and her American husband

Officially, with the Lao Airlines team, local and national authorities, French Aircraft manufacturer team, and Thai rescue team, 14 bodies have been found, and sixteen unidentified bodies.

A list of identified remains has been released:

1) Mr. Yong SOM (Captain)
2) Mr. Soulisack HONGVANTHONG (First Officer)
3) Ms. Kesone PHON ATH (Flight Attendant)
4) Mr. Chansamone NANTHAVONG (Mechanic)
5) Mr. Anousone SISAAT
6) Mr. Khamphouang VORARAT
7) Mr. Vithayalay PHONESOPHA
8) Ms. Phonepaseuth LUANGRATH
10) Mr. Vukatgeo VIVAVONG
11) THILOI DAO (Vietnamese)
12) Manfred GAVIN (infant Australian)
13) Mr. GAVIN GEOFFRE RHODES (Australian
14) Mr. RUI GAN (Chinese)

Lao Airlines Victims Recovered in Mekong River

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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