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At least 47 reported killed in Laos plane crash

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At least 47 people were killed in a Lao Airlines plane crash in the southern Laotian province of Champasak on Wednesday afternoon, witnesses said, according to the country's national news agency, KPL. (www.cnn.com) More...

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kwu20001
kev wu 8
R.I.P to those 47 passengers
murrayhill3
Jim Murray 5
May I reminisce? In 1974 I flew in a DC-3 from Savannakhet, Laos to Vientiane. The pilot was French and I think the airline was Air America, aka CIA. It was a former gunship with the machine gun mount still on the left side. No gun, though. The main door had been removed and there were no seats. In the aft of the cabin was a tied-up calf being taken to a feast in the capital. The 20 or so passengers, me included, stood all the way. Forget seat belt. The pilot before takeoff shooed us to stand over the wing for balance purposes. Compare that with present-day flying in a commercial airliner. Great ride.
yr2012
matt jensen 2
Was there too. We mostly flew 119's and scared most of the time. AA was replaced by Challenge Air.
preacher1
preacher1 2
and a lot of young folk today would say your were lying cause you can't do stuff like that
preacher1
preacher1 1
Good old SCARE AIR
DrBHathaway
DrBHathaway 6
Sad, I rather enjoy the ATR-72. They've been doing so well since their initial icing issues were fixed. The final report will be of interest.
preacher1
preacher1 2
Personal opinion, hunk a junk, at least from a pax standpoint and crew too for that matter. AA started running them a couple times per day between DFW and FSM a couple years ago. While doing some fill in a couple years ago, I dh on one from FSM to DFW. Worst flight I think I've ever had. Maybe just to used to jet.
spatr
spatr 3
it was easily one of the best airplanes I ever flown. Both as a captain and a first officer. It was very reliable, easy to fly, and performed very well. The only complaint I ever had was that it was difficult to cool down on a hot day. Flight attendants liked it as well because the galley was big and there was plenty of storage. Although our passengers liked the RJ's, there was more room in the ATR cabin. Granted, it was still a turboprop so the ride was not as smooth or quiet, but it made us money.
jshhmr
josh homer 3
When I was with Eagle, the 72 was the best A/C we had. As a scheduler, the crews LOVED them because it had two attendants instead of one like the 42 or SF3. There were no jets then, and the Shorts 360 were being retired in the Caribbean. I loved the aircraft of that time. Flying from DFW to SJT on a day off only to eat Chinese food at Mathis Field, as we'll as take orders for food from AE rampers and agents was a blast. I'd take the same plane back so their food was still a little warm. Plus, flying on a SF3 to West Texas in the summer was so much fun! Passengers would clench their armrests lol! Oh man as an ex scheduler I have TONS of stories! Ones that will scare, ones that are hilarious. We're talking infidelity etc.
spatr
spatr 2
Ahhh, SJT. Also you could get the CCC station to make a Whataburger run for you! I was DFW from 2001-2003 in the ATR and SF3.
yr2012
matt jensen 2
I've flown plenty of jets since the 70's and I'll take a turbo any day!
preacher1
preacher1 1
TorstenHoff
Torsten Hoff 2
All these news stories on your website have already been covered.
ChadPeters
ChadPeters 1
Sorry for being late to the game. We're trying to be faster and more on our game. Thanks for the input.
akayemm
Er.A.K. Mittal 1
How sad, about to land and getting pushed by a sudden gust of stormy wind !
RIP you 49 souls ! !
:-( :-(
sparkie624
sparkie624 1
This a/c is equipped with Wind Shear Detection system... Was it on Deferral, or the the crew just blew it... All pilots are trained on Wind Shear Awareness and how to handle it...

RIP to those who lost their lives and prayers out to the surviving families.
PhotoFinish
PhotoFinish 1
'was caused by "wind shear," an airline official said.'
Maybe.

Once they actually find the wreckage and remove the black boxes, we'll have a more definite info and can determine a causal chain.
ssjan
Jan F 1
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Laos ATR crashes in river, casualties reported

A Laos ATR-72 crashed on approah to an airport in Champasak Province, in Laos, on Wednesday afternoon local time. Tw plane had taken off from Vientiane, the capital, earlier.

http://jansaviation.com/news.php?art=laos-atr-crashes-in-river-casualies-reported
preacher1
preacher1 1
Well, if it wasn't showing and just hit them out of the blue, just bad luck and their time. RIP
bjaygarber
Brandon Garber 0
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Plane Crashes in Laos, 49 on Board Believed Dead

A plane from Laos' state-run airline crashed in bad weather in the Southeast Asian nation, apparently killing 49 people from 11 countries, the government said.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/thai-official-plane-crash-laos-kills-44-20585929
ChadPeters
ChadPeters 0
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Bodies Recovered From Lao Airlines Crash

Rescuers in small fishing boats and inflatable rafts were combing through the murky waters of Mekong River on Thursday after the Lao Airlines Crash. Officials fear the worst and have ruled out the possibility of finding survivors, killing all 49 people from 11 countries.

“Eight bodies have been found”, some as far as 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the crash site according to Yakao Lopangkao director-general of Lao’s Department of Civil Aviation. The plane however, hasn’t been found as it is assumed to be underwater. ”We’re trying to use divers to locate it.” Thailand, which boarders Laos, sent as many as 30 divers to help with the search.

http://www.planecrashes.org/bodies-recovered-from-the-lao-airlines-crash.html
bjaygarber
Brandon Garber 0
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Laos plane crash: some bodies recovered, but wreckage yet to be located in Mekong River

Recovery teams have retrieved a number of bodies from the site of a plane crash in Laos which killed 49 people.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-10-18/two-australians-reportedly-among-bodies-recovered-at-laos-plane/5030294
ChadPeters
ChadPeters 0
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Dozens Dead in Lao Airlines Crash

The Laos national news agency, KPL, is reporting that a Lao Airlines passenger plane crashed on October 16, 2013 as it attempted a landing in poor weather at an airport in southern Laos. The remnants of Typhoon Nari have been drenching the area with heavy rains and strong winds for the last few days, and eyewitnesses reported that the plane appeared to be buffeted by extremely strong winds as it approached the runway, pushing it away from the airport. The plane then reportedly went out of control and crashed onto an island in the middle of the Mekong River. All 49 passengers and crew were killed in the crash.

http://www.planecrashes.org/dozens-dead-in-lao-airlines-crash.html
ChadPeters
ChadPeters 1
This was a follow up to the original article about the accident. If you read this article, you will see that there are more details about the accident and the search mission.

Thanks