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A Lao Airlines plane has crashed into the Mekong River during bad weather, leaving no survivors.
The aircraft was carrying at least 44 people and preparing to land when it was struck by “strong winds” causing the plane to “push away” from the airport area, KPL News Agency reported.
Six Australians, seven French and five Thai citizens are among those thought to have perished.
The turboprop ATR-72 came down approximately eight kilometres from Pakse airport in Laos.
A Sydney family of four and an Australian aid worker and his son are believed to be the Australians killed in the crash, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
“Australian consular officials are in contact with the families of those thought to be on the flight,” a DFAT spokesperson said.
Lao Airlines has released a letter of condolence, addressing the incident and stating that a full investigation will be carried out, with findings expected by 17 October 2013.