Breaking News

Asia Today ISSN 1861-4604 Friday, October 19, 2018

Headline

Scores killed as Laos Airlines plane crashes into Mekong river

A passenger plane crashed landed into the Mekong river

Share on Facebook October 17, 2013, Reporter : BigNewsNetwork, Reader : 599

news

VIENTIANE, Laos - A passenger plane crashed landed into the Mekong river during a stormy weather in southern Laos Wednesday, killing all people onboard, witnesses said.

According to the national news agency, KPL, of Laos, the crash occurred near the Champasak provincial capital of Pakse.

The Laotian authorities were yet to release an official death toll but KPL citing eyewitnesses said at least 47 people were killed. The casualty figure however varied with other agencies saying that 44 people on board the plane were killed.

The deceased included nationals of 10 countries.

The ATR-72 turboprop plane was flying from the capital Vientiane to Pakse, which is near the borders of both Thailand and Cambodia.

KPL said the plane was preparing to land when a wind gust appeared to push it away from the airport. The plane crashed on or near an island in the Mekong river.

The airline said in a statement it had yet to determine the cause of the crash. A senior aviation official said the tail end of typhoon Nari may have been a factor.

Those killed were mostly Lao nationals. But seven French nationals were also killed, the country's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said.

South Koreans, Australians, Canadians, Taiwanese, Chinese, Burmese and Vietnamese and five Thais were also among the dead.

Several officials confirmed none of the passengers or crew survived.

Thai television showed a photograph of the plane partly submerged in shallow water on a stretch of the Mekong, the tail severed, next to a handful of rescuers in small boats.

Lao Airlines has six ATR-72 planes, co-manufactured by Airbus parent EADS and Italian aerospace firm Finmeccanica.

ATR said the aircraft that crashed was its latest ATR 72-600 model, designed to seat between 68 and 74 people. It had left the production line in March this year.

It said Laos authorities would lead an investigation into the crash, whose cause had not been determined.

Lao Airlines operates on seven domestic routes and has international flights to China, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore. more...

More Euro Asia news of the month

Photos Queen Mathilde of Belgium visits a Laos temple

Queen Mathilde of Belgium opted for a sensible pair of putty-coloured trainers as she climbed the steep steps from the ancient Vat Phou...

Photos A Lao Village Hit With Brick Kiln Pollution Seeks a Solution

Pollution from a brick kiln operating near the Lao capital of Vientiane is bedeviling residents of the Nonsa-ath village as it is still...

Photos Cambodia Rejects NGO Call for Independent Investigation into Kem Ley Killing

The execution-style killing of popular government critic Kem Ley last month requires an independent investigation to overcome widespread...

Photos Laos and China to Build Bridge to Thailand as Part of Railway Project

Laos and China will jointly build a bridge linking the Southeast Asian nation with northeastern Thailand as part of a U.S. $7.2 billion...

Photos Laos Accused of Paying Lip Service to UN Human Rights Conventions

Authorities in Laos are paying lip service to U.N. human rights conventions the government has signed up to, civil society groups...

Photos Laos halts work on Don Sahong dam

Laos has suspended construction of its controversial Don Sahong hydropower dam on the Mekong River following environmental and other...

Photos European Council lauds Laos as world´S best tourism destination for 2013

A delegation from the European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) has arrived in Vientiane, where they will present Laos with the...

Photos The World Today: Sombath Somphone of Laos

  Sombath Somphone was snatched on a busy street in Laos' capital Vientiane last December, while police officers...

Photos ADB projects strong economic growth for Laos

The Lao economy is expected to grow by about 7.7 per cent in 2013 as resource based industries, manufacturing and services continue to...

Flying Reimagined

Stock Index

Friday, October 19, 2018

Life Style

Photo Gallery

FEUILLETON