Plane Crashes Into Mekong River in Pakse, Laos – No Survivors
The crash site at the Mekong River in Pakse, and the kind of Lao Airlines plane that went down.
It was with great sadness I read about yesterday’s crash in Pakse, southern Laos, when a Laos airlines plane carrying 44 passengers and five crew went down in the Mekong River. The plane hit bad weather as it made its approach to Pakse airport, crashed into the river, and then sank.
I have been to Pakse many times, and it is one of my favourite towns in southern Laos. I even set vital scenes of my novel BACK there, on top of the Pakse Hotel, and around the streets of the pleasant riverside town, although I have only travelled to Pakse overland, and not by air.
It is a popular hub for travel to more remote regions in southern Laos.
Travelling anywhere in Laos requires a moment’s thought about safety, whatever mode of transport you use, but why a new plane should crash in inclement weather will be what crash investigators will seek to discover the answer to.
Lao Airlines had not undergone a safety audit which was necessary in order to join IATA (the International Air Travel Association) whose members have a much higher safety record than non-members, precisely because of the rigorous safety requirements demanded.
Tragically the Vietnam War claimed a victim in the crash, as an explosives expert, Michael Creighton, who worked in Laos clearing unexploded ordnance from the war, was also on the plane.
See the trailer for our new film, M.I.A. A Greater Evil. Set in the jungles of Laos and Vietnam, the film deals with the possible fate of US servicemen left behind after the US pulled out of the Vietnam War.
For POWs left behind in Laos, see also:
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