October 16, 2013: In Southern Laos, a Lao Airlines plane crashed into the Mekong River on Wednesday afternoon. It has been reported that the crash killed all 44 people on board, which included both passengers and crew members. The cause of the crash has been yet to be determined.
The Lao Airlines airline flies an ATR 72-600 twin-engine turboprop plane on the almost three hundred mile route.
In a statement The Ministry of Public Works and Transport "Upon preparing to land at Pakse Airport the aircraft ran into extreme bad weather conditions and was reportedly crashed into the Mekong River".
The initial report of the passenger manifest faxed by the airline listed 44 people on the turboprop airplane: Seventeen Lao, seven French, five Australians, five Thais, three Koreans, two Vietnamese and one person each from Canada, China, Malaysia, Taiwan and the United States.