16/10/2013 10:14 BST | Updated 17/10/2013 01:24 BST

Laos Plane Crash Kill At Least 39

LUANG PRABANG, LAOS - 2004/06/29: Passengers board a Lao Airlines flight from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai.. (Photo by Jerry Redfern/LightRocket via Getty Images)

At least 39 people have been killed after an aircraft plummeted into a river in Laos, local media reported.

A Lao Airlines plane on an internal flight from the capital Vientiane crashed into Mekong river, China's Xinhua state news agency said, citing an airline spokesman.

The Bangkok Post reported that passenger plane crashed on landing at the airport in Pakse in the south of the country due to bad weather conditions.

The ART twin-turbo plane left Wattay airport in Vientiane at 2.45pm and crashed in Pakse at 4pm, the newspaper said.

Pakse is the capital city of Champasak province of Southern Laos, and the fourth largest town in the country.


The accident occurred in poor weather conditions to 16 clock local time, Spiegel Online reported.

Airline and government officials in Laos were not immediately available for comment.

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