Lao Airlines Flight QV301 Crashed, 49 Killed

17 10 2013

Lao Airlines Airplane (Photo: Sydney Morning Herald)

Lao Airlines plane crashed into the Mekong River in the southern city of Pakse, near the border with Thailand, just before 16:00 (ICT) on Wednesday.

Lao Airlines Flight QV301 crashed in the Mekong River, killing all 49 passengers and crews.

The state-run Lao Airlines said in a statement that the plane took off from the capital Vientiane and “ran into extreme bad weather conditions” as it prepared to land at Pakse Airport.

AP reported that 17 of the victims were from Lao, seven from France, five were from Australia five from Thailand, three from Korea, two from Vietnam and one person each from Canada, China, Malaysia, Taiwan and the United States.

The airline said it had yet to determine reasons for the crash of the ATR-72 aircraft which was virtually new and had just been delivered in March. 

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Typhoon Kompasu Slammed Into South Korea

2 09 2010

A tree is uprooted as Typhoon Kompasu hit in Incheon, South Korea, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010. Typhoon Kompasu has hit South Korea with heavy downpours and gusts that cut Seoul subway lines, paralyzed airport traffic, and caused massive power outages along the western coast. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Ha Sa-hun) **KOREA OUT**

On Thursday Typhoon Kompasu slammed into South Korea.

Kompasu means compass in Japanese.

Three people were killed.

Typhoon Kompasu is the strongest tropical storm to hit Seoul area in 15 years.

Many flights were cancelled or delayed.

Service on two Seoul subway lines and five railway routes was suspended.

South Korean high school students walk against strong winds caused by Typhoon Kompasu in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010. Typhoon Kompasu has hit South Korea with heavy downpours and gusts that cut Seoul subway lines, paralyzed airport traffic, and caused massive power outages along the western coast.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)








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