44 dead in Lao Airlines plane crash: Thai official
AFPBANGKOK--A Lao Airlines plane carrying 44 people from the capital Vientiane to the southern town of Pakse crashed, killing all on board on Wednesday, a Thai foreign ministry spokesman said.
October 17, 2013, 9:14 pm TWN
Laos officials said the plane carrying 39 passengers and five crew went down around eight kilometres (five miles) from the airport in Champasak province in southern Laos, according to Thai foreign ministry spokesman Sek Wannamethee.
“I can now confirm, according to our reports, that all 44 people on board have died, including five Thai,” he told AFP.
Thailand's English language Bangkok Post reported that the plane had ditched into the Mekong River in bad weather at it tried to land at Pakse airport.