Plane crash near Laos tourist hub kills 44

October 16, 2013 | By | Reply More

Oct 16, – A flight of Laos’ national airline has crashed into the Mekong River. Officials in neighboring Thailand say all 44 people on board were killed. The turboprop was approaching Pakse, a hub for tourists in southern Laos.

hromedia Plane crash near Laos tourist hub kills 44 intl. news2A Lao Airlines plane flying from the capital Vientiane and carrying 44 people crashed on Wednesday in the southern Laos. The plane was approaching Pakse. Thai television showed the plane half submerged in the river Mekong.

Pakse is a hub for tourists traveling to and from more remote areas of southern Laos.

The airline on its social network page confirmed the crash, adding that there was “no news of survivors at this time.” The twin-engine turboprop ATR-72 plane had encountered “extreme” bad weather, the airline said.

The passenger list included 17 Laotians, seven French nationals, five Australians, five Thais, three South Koreans, two Vietnamese, one Chinese, one Canadian, one Myanmar national and one person from
Taiwan. Relatives of the passengers had been informed of the accident, Lao Airlines said.

Flight QV301 had been carrying 39 passengers and a crew of five during the one-hour journey.

Fabius ‘great saddness’

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said France was rushing embassy officials to the crash site. Fabius said he was deeply saddened by the reported deaths.

The plane manufacturer ATR in France told the news agency AFP that Lao Airlines operated six ATR-72 planes among its fleet.

Laos’ last fatal aviation accident was in October 2000 when a plane operated by the airline – then called Lao Aviation – crashed in mountains in the remote northeast of Laos, killing eight people.

The nation, with a population of about seven million and a secretive one-party government. is one of Asia’s poorest and is highly dependent on foreign donors.

Tourism and mining have played increasing important roles in its economy.

Press journalist for HRO media – contributed to this report.

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