An ATR 72-600 operated by Lao Airlines, the national carrier of Laos, has crashed on a domestic flight; all 44 passengers and five crew onboard are believed to be dead. The flight was en route Wednesday from Vientiane, the Lao capital, to Pakse. “Upon preparing to land at Pakse airport the aircraft ran into extreme bad weather conditions and reportedly crashed into the Mekong River,” the Lao Ministry of Public Works and Transport said in a widely quoted statement. ATR said ...

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