Rescuers have temporarily stopped the search for the bodies of passengers of the plane that crashed into the Mekong River. All forty-nine people on board the Lao Airlines flight were reportedly killed. They came from Lao, France, Australia, Thailand, Korea, Vietnam, China, Malaysia, Taiwan and the United States
According to authorities, special recovery teams from Thailand have ceased operations because of a lack of specialist equipment.
The Mekong River’s low visibility and strong currents have also hampered the divers’ operations.
Specialist teams from France and Singapore are rushing to assist in the rescue effort – they are due to arrive on Friday.
Despite the area being littered with wreckage, the aircraft’s fuselage is yet to be found. Lao Airlines said in a statement that the propellor-driven plane took off from the capital, Vientiane, and “ran into extreme weather conditions” as it prepared to land at Pakse Airport in the south of the country. It’s thought the plane may have caught the tail end of Typhoon Nari.