The navy's Mekong Riverine Operation Unit (MROU) has been asked by French experts to help search for the black box flight recorder of the Lao Airlines plane that crashed into the Mekong River near Pakse on Wednesday.
Capt Chaloey Kasemkunarak, commander of the MROU in Ubon Ratchathani province, said Thai divers from police and military units continued to help search for bodies of the Lao Airlines crash victims.
Capt Chaloey said French experts, who were on the ground looking for the plane's black box, had asked the MROU to dispatch sonar equipment and to help them search for the flight data recorder.
From Sunday a Thai team will join the French to look for the black box at the suspected location about 300 metres from the spot that had been examined yesterday. He did not elaborate on details of the site.
The French and Thai team have identified a suspected location where the plane’s fuselage is likely to be found. Divers are searching the river to examine the site and the results of their findings will be announced later in the evening, CaptChaloey said.
A joint Thai-Lao press conference revealed this morning a total of 39 bodies had been recovered from the crash scene. Twelve of the 39 retrieved bodies have been identified and delivered to their families, comprising 10 Lao, a Chinese and a Cambodian.
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