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.
People row a boat in flood waters at their backyard in Ilan county, northern Taiwan, after the occurrence of Typhoon Megi October 22, 2010.
A motorcyclist pushes his bike in a flooded street after heavy rains brought by Typhoon Megi in Ilan county, northern Taiwan, October 21, 2010.
A handout photograph shows floodwaters brought by Typhoon Megi in Ilan County, northern Taiwan October 22, 2010. Typhoon Megi dumped more than a metre of rain in northeastern Taiwan, causing mudslides that blocked a highway and trapped as many as 400 travellers. REUTERS/Military News Agency/Handout (TAIWAN – Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT IMAGES OF THE DAY) THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS« Read less