Taiwanese man among 49 victims of plane crash in southern Laos: MOFA
By Joseph Yeh ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- One R.O.C. national was among the 49 victims killed in southern Laos on Wednesday when a plane crashed in the Mekong River, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday.
October 18, 2013, 12:05 am TWN
Flight QV301 of state-run Lao Airlines crashed near the southern city of Pakse in Laos, near the border with Thailand, just before 4 p.m. on Wednesday.
According to an announcement released by the airline, 44 passengers and five crew members were aboard the airplane when it crashed. Laos officials said none of them were believed to have survived.
MOFA spokeswoman Anna Kao (高安) said yesterday that according to information received from Laos authorities, a Taiwanese man was killed in the incident.
Since Taiwan has no representative office in Laos, Taiwan's office in nearby Vietnam established contact with the family of the Taiwanese victim in the wake of the crash.
The ministry will offer all necessary assistance to the family in dealing with the tragedy, Kao said.
According to Kao, the Taiwanese man was originally scheduled to fly to Laos to visit his family there. Kao, however, refused to disclose the identity of the victim out of respect to the dead and his family.
Foreign media reports yesterday said that foreigners from some 10 countries, as well as Laotian nationals, were among the dead.