A plane from Laos' state-run airline crashed into the Mekong River, apparently killing 49.

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Published on Thursday, 17 October 2013 12:19

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Associated Press video from the scene Thursday morning showed rescuers on the riverside and in small boats on the muddy, vast waterway, but no plane wreckage was visible. The Australian government said it was told no survivors were expected.

 

The Ministry of Public Works and Transport, which operates Lao Airlines, said 44 passengers and five crew members were on Flight QV301 from the capital, Vientiane, to Pakse in the country’s south. Earlier reports had 39 passengers.

 

“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.

 

The airline flies an ATR 72-600 twin-engine turboprop plane on the 467-kilometer (290-mile) route. French maker ATR said the plane that crashed had been delivered in March. The aircraft is configured with 68-74 seats, it said.

 

Thai Foreign Ministry spokesman Sek Wannamethee said his country’s embassy in Vientiane was informed that the plane crashed 7-8 kilometers (4-5 miles) 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 …

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