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Bad weather blamed for Laos plane crash which killed 49

Bad weather blamed for Laos plane crash which killed 49
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Bad weather conditions could be the cause of a Laos Airline plane crash which killed 49 people.

Flight QV301, which was travelling from the capital Vientiane on Wednesday, came down just eight kilometres from its destination Pakse, near to the borders with Thailand and Cambodia. It struck the ground before plunging into the Mekong River.

There were no survivors.

Amongst the passengers and crew were 17 Lao, five Australians, seven French, five Thais, three Korean, two Vietnamese and one person each from the United States, Canada, China Malaysia, and Taiwan.

A senior aviation official said the tail end of Typhoon Nari which hit the region on Tuesday may have been a factor.

Only a few bodies have been recovered, the rest are believed to be trapped inside the plane, deep in the Mekong river.

A local Chinese temple is being used as a temporary morgue, while emergency services continue the serach for bodies.