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Lao Airlines flight crashes into Mekong river

IANS  |  Vientiane 

A Lao Airlines plane carrying 40 passengers crashed into the Mekong river at around 4 p.m. local time during a flight from Laos's capital Vientiane to Champassak in the country's south.

No casualty figures were available yet, Xinhua reported.

A source, who works in aeronautical services, said on condition of anonymity that flight number QV301, an ART twin-turbo aircraft, was carrying 40 passengers when it crashed.

The plane took off from Vientiane at 2:50 p.m. and was due to arrive at 4 p.m. when it crashed into the Mekong shortly before attempting a landing in bad weather.

First Published: Wed, October 16 2013. 18:36 IST