Four Vietnamese killed in Lao plane crash

(VOV) -Three members of a Vietnamese family and a Canadian resident of Vietnamese origin lost their lives in the October 16 Lao Airlines plane crash believed to have killed 49 people from 11 countries.

Bui Van Tuy, a spokesperson from the Vietnamese Consulate General in Champasak Province, said 44 passengers and five crew were on board the flight from Vientiane to Pakse Airport in Laos’ southern region.

Tuy revealed the Vietnamese victims included 74-year-old Le Hue, his 69-year-old wife Vuong Thi Ngan, his 45-year-old daughter Le Thi Trinh (also known as Phommasone Chida), and Canadian resident Dao Thi Lieu.

The Consulate General in Champasak Province has sent condolences to the families of the deceased, he said.

Cao Dinh Hanh, Chairman of the Overseas Vietnamese Association in Champasak Province, said rescue teams are trying to recover the remains of victims still trapped in the wreckage.

The crash was preliminarily attributed to turbulent weather caused by tropical storm Nari. 

French manufacturer ATR said the crashed plane was its latest ATR-72 twin-engine turboprop model, designed to seat between 68 and 74 people. It had left the production line in March 2013.