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The Pakse plane crash felt around the world

When the Lao Airlines flight QV301 from Vientiane to Pakse, which was about to land, crashed into the Mekong River, it was unimaginable to grasp the horror. During one of the heaviest rainy seasons the country has ever witnessed, mass flooding has already taken a toll across southern Laos and now with Typhoon Nari making its way over bordering neighbors, it has been a devastating time for Laos. As some locals gathered around the crash site, they gave their blessings with bundles of marigolds and candles from their Buddhist temples. Some looked on in silence. Some were on their cell phones to figure out if their loved ones were on board. Many were simply in shock. There were five Lao crew members, 16 Lao passengers, seven French, six Australians, five Thais, three Koreans, two Vietnamese, an American, a Canadian, a Chinese, a Malaysian and one Taiwanese– all feared dead.  Many were also well-known community members who worked in NGOs and local businesses. With passengers from around the world, embassies and their teams have been dispatched to the scene …