A Laos airlines plane crashed into the Mekong River in southern Laos on Wednesday, killing all 49 people on board, according to reports.
Foreigners from 10 different countries were among the dead, as well as Laotian nationals.
Reports say there were 44 passengers and five crew on board, and no known survivors.
The plane was Flight QV301 coming from the Laos capital of Vientiane and crashed in bad weather just before it was due to land in Pakse in southern Laos. It crashed about 8 kilometers (5 miles) from Pakse airport.
Thai TV showed a photograph of the plane partly submerged in the Mekong River in shallow water with its tail severed, next to a group of rescuers in small boats, said Reuters news agency.
A foreign national living in Pakse emailed the Bangkok Post, describing the chaotic scenes of “absolute horror” as victims’ bodies were brought in to the Chinese temple in front of his house, which has become an emergency center. He described it
Reports indicate the plane was an ATR72, a French-Italian manufactured twin-engine commonly used in the region.
Those on board included five Thais, two Vietnamese, three South Koreans, five Australians, seven French, one American, one Chinese, one Taiwanese, and one Canadian.
The airline released the names of the 44 passengers. A Bangkok Post report printed the names of the non-Laotian nationals on board.
The route between Vientiane and Pakse is popular with tourists visiting Laos.
Laos Airlines is a small company which until now had a good safety record, reports a BBC correspondent.