Thursday, October 17, 2013

Laos plane crash: 49 feared dead after national airline flight hits 'extreme' weather

Belfast Telegraph

 A Lao Airlines aeroplane

Lao Airlines flight reportedly crashed into the Mekong River, killing everyone on board

16 October 2013

A Lao Airlines flight has crashed in the south-east Asian nation, apparently killing all 49 people aboard, including passengers from 11 countries, the Lao government said.

The Ministry of Public Works and Transport, which operates the airline as a state enterprise, said 44 passengers and five crew members were aboard flight QV301 from the Lao capital, Vientiane, to Pakse in the country's south. Earlier reports had said there were 39 passengers on board.

"Upon preparing to land at Pakse Airport the aircraft ran into extreme bad weather conditions and was reportedly crashed into the Mekong River," the ministry said in a statement.

It said there was no word of survivors. The airline flies an ATR 72-600 twin-engine turboprop plane on the 290 mile route. The aircraft is configured with 68-74 seats, said maker ATR.

Thai Foreign Ministry spokesman Sek Wannamethee said his country's embassy in Vientiane was informed that the plane crashed about four from the airport at Pakse.

A passenger manifest faxed by the airline listed 44 people: 17 Lao, seven French, five Australians, five Thais, three Koreans, two Vietnamese and one person each from Canada, China, Malaysia, Taiwan and the United States. Korean, French and Thai officials confirmed the totals for their nationalities.

The Lao government said the airline "is taking all necessary steps to coordinate and dispatch all rescue units to the accident site in the hope of finding survivors".

However, a statement from Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said: "Lao authorities have told our embassy in Vientiane they do not expect any survivors."

The Lao transport ministry statement said the crash is being investigated and the airline hoped to announce its findings later. A Lao Airlines employee contacted by phone at Vientiane's Wattay airport said a news conference would be held.

The aircraft's maker, ATR, issued a statement from its headquarters in Toulouse, France, declaring that it will provide full assistance under international aviation rules to the investigation of the crash, working with the French safety investigation body. It said the Lao Airlines plane had been delivered from the production line in March this year.



Anonymous said...

I don't believe it caused by the wheather, with technic or pipot, yes.
Who will pay the dead security for those 43 Pax?

Anonymous said...

They should not fly in bad to severe wearther. They could have check the weather on the airplane resar first. Or they can hold in different place or divert to order airport.

Anonymous said...

Very sad day for the Laotian. My condolences to the family that are affected. RIP

Anonymous said...

Sad day, but if Hun Sen and Hun Manet are on the plane. It would be a joyiest day for the world and for the Cambodian people!

Anonymous said...

8.21 agree! It would be the best for the whole nation. Hun sen family is the burden for the country.

Anonymous said...

Yes if Hun Sen & his family or cronies ONLY it would be good for Cambodia but in this case it would be bad because innocent peoples are on board. I really not a fan of Youn, Siam and Laotian because these countries are thieves stolen most of our territories centuries ago. I heard Hun Sen said that Khmer government during border negotiation Khmer side ask Laotian if they can allow those poor Khmer lived near Laos border to use water for drinking, fishing, farming. These Laotian are mean spirits REFUSED TO ALLOW POOR KHMERS ALONG THE BORDER TO USE WATER. Khmers had to make long trips deeper Khmer territory to find water. Laos territories are our ancestors land centuries ago, yet they don't even allow us to use water to drink & farm. Did you guy know these Laotian are about to build two large dams on the Mekong River close to Cambodia border deprive us further for water resources. These neighbors don't have any sympathy for us Khmer people.
Although I still felt sympathy for it's peoples as fellow human being. My sorrow for lost of these peoples.

Anonymous said...

Will someone fly with this airline one again? For me bye bye.

Anonymous said...

Six of my fellow australians passed away on this plane :'-( I want to cry..

May they rest in peace <3