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38 bodies recovered from the Mekong, 14 identified


About 38 bodies of crash victims from Lao Airlines has been taken from the Mekong River, which falls into the ill-fated flight QV301 last Wednesday.
Fourteen of the bodies have been identified, including Cambodia captain and three crew members, six passengers Laos, Vietnam one, two Australians and one Chinese passengers, according to a statement from the Lao Airlines vice president Saleum Tayarath released yesterday.
He said a special team from the airline has worked with national governments and local as well as investigators from the aircraft manufacturers in France and rescue workers from Thailand.
Still unclear yesterday whether any of the five passengers of Thai ATR 72 turbo-propeller aircraft is one of the bodies were found.
Plane crash happened near the airport, Pakse, Champasak province of Laos.
According to a passenger list to be updated from the airlines, there were 16 people Laos, seven French tourists, six Australians, Thais year, three South Koreans, three of Vietnam, and a nation that has from the United States, Malaysia, China and Taiwan.
Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong yesterday thanks Thailand for helping with search efforts when he met his Thai counterpart Yingluck Shinawatra during his Nong Khai. Yingluck also pledged "full support" to the ongoing quest to recover the bodies of the crash victims and rescue aircraft. The Thai authorities will also help in determining the Lao authorities.
Yingluck said she expressed regret about the incident and that Lao leaders thanked Thailand for its support.
The leaders of Thailand and Laos in the northeast province, which has a bridge connected to the capital of Laos, Vientiane, in a ceremony at the Wat Pho Chai compliment to mark the end of Buddhist Season Lent.
Jong-Pil Park, from the forensic department of the Korean nation, said the accident is a major challenge for poor Laos, with damage to organs create more obstacles for identification. "They need to analyze DNA samples, fingerprints and dental [profile]. They should be resolved by cooperation with many countries," he said, adding that it could take up to two weeks to complete conduct an autopsy.
In an updated statement late yesterday, Lao Airlines said some bodies had been returned to their families, including pilots Cambodia, where the body flew back to Phnom Penh. Expert Group France and Thailand along the Mekong River mud with high-tech sonar equipment yesterday, ramping up the search for the remnants of the plane and more than a dozen bodies still missing from services accident.
By yesterday afternoon, 38 bodies have been found and authorities are still trying to identify many of them said Yakua Lopangkao, general manager of the Department of Civil Aviation of Laos.
"We were unable to locate the plane, but the teams from France and Thailand have come," said Yakua.
"We have divided them into groups to perform simultaneous searches at two or three points. We believe that one of the points where we will find the black box."
A Canadian engineer specializing in underwater robots that strong current of the Mekong River can make it almost impossible to lift the plane out of the river bottom and recover any bodies still inside the wreck. The engineer, who preferred not to be named, said current means as strong as many as six barges and cranes may be necessary to raise aircraft, if it can be found, and they may need to build a wall at the end to deflect fast moving current around the wreck.
The French and Thai teams set out on a small boat yesterday to scan the surface of the water with sonar equipment. Thai navy divers conducting underwater search for the flight data and voice recorder.

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