Laos crash: 44 dead as plane goes down in Mekong River

16 Oct

At least 44 people aboard a domestic flight in Laos were killed when the plane crashed in the south, officials in neighbouring Thailand say.

Seven of the dead are French nationals, officials in Paris said. Thais, Chinese and South Koreans were also killed.

The plane belonging to state-run Lao Airlines came down in the Mekong River on a flight from the capital Vientiane.

It crashed in bad weather just before it was due to land at Pakse airport, Lao Airlines said on its Facebook page.

It said there was no news of any survivors so far.

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