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UPDATE Seven French, Five Aussies Among 44 Killed in Laos Aircraft Disaster

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
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PHUKET: French, Australians, an American a Canadian and other foreigners are among the dead in the Laos aircraft crash.

Laos officials said the plane carrying 39 passengers and five crew went down about eight kilometres from the airport in Champassak province, 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 Thais,'' he said.

In a statement on its Facebook page, Laos Airlines confirmed the toll. It said the flight encountered bad weather and crashed into the Mekong.

A list of the 44 passengers was released by the airline at about 9pm. It described the passengers as five from Thailand, five from Australia, three from Korea, seven from France, one from the US, one from China, one from Taiwan, one from Canada and two from Vietnam.

Thailand: Yangyong Apaanan, Nipol Mengsee, Kamueng Chartkasamchai, Phakkhawat Atiratanachai and Veekij Busarawutilanu.

Australia: Gordon Bruce Creighton, Michael Creighton, Phoumalaysy Rhodes, Manfred Gavin and Geoffre Gavin Rhodes.

South Korea: Lee Hongjig, Lee Jaesang and Lee Gangpil.

France: Helene Andrew Detable, Guy Henri Vimont, Jean Luc Salelles, Francoise Detable, Dominique Vimont, Patricia Debord and Bruno Debord.

United States:Joel Babcock.

China: Rui Gan.

Taiwan: Chang Yu Liu.

Canada: Thilieu Dao.

Vietnam: Le Hue and Thigan Voung.

''We are doing our best to investigate the cause of the crash and we hope to dosclose out findings by Thursday, October 17.

''Once again, please accept our deepest sympathy to the passengers of QV301.''

The deaths among Thais included two PTT petroleum company staff, according to early unofficial accounts.

The Laos Airlines ART twin-turbo plane flight QV301 crashed into the river as it was coming in to land at Pakse airport in southern Laos.

The plane left Wattay airport in Vientiane at 14.45pm and crashed at 15.55pm, one official said.

A photograph being widely circulated as of the crashed aircraft in Laos actually appears to be from the crash in July of a flight in Russia, according to the report on the usually reliable Aviation Herald site:


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Photo is fake:

Posted by Thainytt on October 16, 2013 20:41

Editor Comment:

Yes, it appears all the Thai media have been sucked in. Hard to understand where the motivation comes from for that kind of deception.


According to French media, at least 7 French people were aboard and are presumed dead.

Posted by Whistle-Blower on October 16, 2013 21:42

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