Forty nine bodies were excavated by fifty Thailand divers. The passengers were all pronounced dead. There was the pilot, who was of Cambodian descent; seven were French nationals; six were Australians; five were Thais; three were South Koreans; three were Vietnamese; and one passenger from China; one from Taiwan; one from Malaysia and one from the United States. A disaster.
Typhoon Nari was still affecting regions of southern Laos. But the plane attempted to make another go at landing. As disastrous as this was, officials are labeling this an accident.
The plane was a model ATR 72-600. It took flight from Vientiane to Pakse, Laos. It crashed into the Mekong river in Pakse, thundering down like a hail of fire balls. All forty nine passengers have been identified. Four were crewmen. But was it the weather or an error in decision making? An investigation has been opened up by the French Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses pour la Sécurité de l'Aviation Civile, as this is an out of the box tragedy. The families of the two children from Australia who lost their lives are in my heart. The passengers' bodies swept up twelve miles, echoing Mother Nature is no accident.
Further, the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder were salvaged from the Mekong river.
Typhoon Nari prevented the plane from arriving at its destination. When the route was deemed impassable, 301 made another go at it — crashing into Mekong river. Forty nine passengers won't be coming home, and this article is dedicated to them.