Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Plane crashes in Laos, 39 people killed

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

The ART twin-turbo plane flight QV301 with about 40 passengers on board crashed into the Mekong River as it was coming in to land at the airport in Champassak province in southern Laos due to bad weather.

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

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

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

It was unknown if there were any Thai passengers on the flight.

Wednesday 16 October 2013


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