Oct 17, 2013

“So far eight bodies have been found. We don’t yet know their nationalities,” said Yakao Lopangkao, director general of the country’s Department of Civil Aviation, who was at the crash site in Pakse, in southern Laos. “We haven’t found the plane yet. It is underwater. We’re trying to use divers to locate it.”

He ruled out finding survivors. “There is no hope. The plane appears to have crashed very hard before entering the water.”

Some of the bodies were found about 10 miles away from the crash site, and Mr. Lopangkao said the authorities have asked the villagers living in the area to look for bodies along the river and alert them if they see anything. Small fishing vessels and inflatable rafts were brought out to search for the victims.

Thailand is also reportedly helping with the search, sending 30 scuba divers to help search for the bodies, said Thai Foreign Ministry spokesman Sek Wannamethee.

Lao Airlines has released a list of the 44 passengers’ nationalities, which included 16 Lao nationals, seven French, six Australians, five Thais, three Koreans, two Vietnamese and one person each from Canada, China, Malaysia, Taiwan and the United States. The lone Canadian has not yet been identified.

Details about the crash remain as murky as the waters it happened at. Lao Airlines said that the plane took off from the capital Vientiane) and “ran into extreme bad weather conditions” as it prepared to land at Pakse Airport. The area is renowned for its waterfalls, nature walks, and remote Buddhist temples.

The airline has yet to determine reasons for the crash of the ATR-72 aircraft, which was not an old prop plane – it was almost brand new and had just been delivered in March. The crash happened less than 4 miles from the airport.

The ATR-72 has only been involved in 16 crashes since it went into service in 1988, and the death toll from yesterday’s crash was the second-highest on record involving that specific aircraft.

laos-plane-crash-aircraft-deaths-truth-frequency-radio-chris-geo-sheree-geo-alternative-media-news-informationAmong the 6 Australians on board was a family of four ; Their relatives released their photos to the press, which included Gavin (a tax agent from Sydney) and Phoumalaysy Rhodes and their two children, a three-year-old girl and a 17-month-old boy.

The other two Aussies were a father and son, named Gordon and Michael Creighton. Michael worked for the United Nations, and was based in Laos.

“We have lost a father, a husband, a son, a brother, a fiance and a best mate in one tragic circumstance and we are trying to come to terms with our loss,” the family said in a statement. Michael Creighton was living in Laos with his fiance, who was not on the plane.