17 Oct 2013
9:58 am

 The search in the strong current river was provided by Thai Navy  scuba divers in cooperation with the Laotian divers in bid to recover bodies from the dismantled aircraft which now sank into the bottom of the river.

But the search this morning was difficult due to the strong current and because the plane was broken into pieces.

Yesterday five bodies were recovered from the crash scene.

On land search also was conducted along the river bank as some debris and bodies might be washed downstream and stuck on the bank.

The ATR-72 type twin-engine plane of Lao Airlines was on its way from Wattay international airport in Vientiane to Pakse airport in Champasak. It crashed into the river after attempted landing failed due to poor visibility and air turbulent in the area. The incident happened at about 3.50 p.m.

All the 44 passengers and five crews were believed killed. Among the deaths were five Thai passengers identified as Kanueng Chatkasemchai, Nipol Chaichanakuldee, Pakawat Atiratanachai, Veekij Busarawuthanusorn, and Yangyong Apanant.

Lao Airlines issued a statement expressing condolence for the families of those on board the plane. It said among the 44 passengers and five crews on board the fatal plane were 17 Laotians,  7 French, 5 Australians, 5 Thais, 3 Koreans, 2 Vietnamese, and one each from China, US, Canada, Taiwan,  and Malaysia.

It said that air turbulent was the cause of the accident.

Meanwhile Thai Rath reporter said a friend of one of the Laotian passenger Chinda Phommasone on board the plane has posted on her Facebook shortly before boarding the fatal plane with her parents to Pakse.

The friend said Chinda bought a mobile phone from Thailand to play Facebook.

Her last post on Facebook from Wattay international airport shown her with the parents with the word saying  she was very happy to be back to Pakse with her parents.


16 Oct 2013
8:20 pm

An Air Laos plane with about 40 passengers and crews aboard crashed into the Mekong river late this evening killing all the people on board. It was not immediately known what was the cause of the plane crash but the tragedy happened while there was rain. Among the death are two Thai passengers.

16 Oct 2013
12:28 pm

Thai lost to Iran 1-2 in asiancup2015 football qualifier stage last night. the result leave Thai team with 0 point in Group B.

16 Oct 2013
12:02 pm

Foreign Affairs Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul revealed today that the International  Court of Justice will announce its verdict on the Preah Vihear temple dispute between Thailand and Cambodia on November 11. He said arrangement for the live broadcast of the verdict from the World Court in the Hague was being planned.

15 Oct 2013
1:35 pm

The cabinet today approved the proposal of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports to allow a 5-day New Year holiday end of this year to promote tourism.Under the ministry’s proposal, Friday December 30 will be added as another national holiday to make a 5-day holiday from December 28 through  January 1.The ministry proposed the long holiday for New Year to encourage travels in the country that will increase spending and help boost the economy.

11 Oct 2013
9:45 am

The Meteorological Department said today that a  4.1 magnitude tremor with its epicenter in Chiang Mai’s Phrao district happened today at 01.19 a.m. but there was no report of damage.

It said that the tremor was felt in Phrao district for  less than  a minute but did not cause any damage to property.

11 Oct 2013
9:43 am

Police said that the Indian largest movie producer Bollywood was  shooting a film at  ChocolateVille when the fire broke out at the high-voltage power-supply truck. However it was put out immediately after fire engine was alerted.

They said overheated power supplier could be the cause of the fire as the Indian film maker was shooting the film from 5 p.m. till 6.a.m. in the morning

9 Oct 2013
4:10 pm

An Army Huey helicopter with 10 officers and pilots on board made an emergency landing at a canal in Thepa district of Songkhla late this morning causing slight injury to one passenger.

7 Oct 2013
12:14 pm

The State Railways of Thailand today suspended its rail service between Aranyaprathet and Wattana Nakhon railway stations in Srakaew province as its rail line is under 20 centimeters of flood water.

1 Oct 2013
3:52 pm

The amendment bill passed the final reading in Parliament on Saturday with a vote of 358 to 2 while all the opposition MPs and 40 senators walked out in protest.

Under the Constitution, bill passed by the joint sitting must be submitted for royal approval within 20 days.

The Constitutional Court was scheduled to begin hearing of the petition of the opposition and the senators questioning the constitutionality of the amendment bill tomorrow. They asked  the court to have the ruling on the bill,