Laos plane crash: some bodies recovered, but wreckage yet to be located in Mekong River
Recovery teams have retrieved a number of bodies from the site of a plane crash in Laos which killed 49 people, including six Australians.
It is believed up to nine bodies have been recovered so far.
Local police say two Australians are among them, but the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) has not confirmed that.
It is understood that bodies have been found up to 20 kilometres away from the aircraft, which is submerged 50 metres below the surface of the Mekong River at an unknown location.
Thai divers, Laotian rescue workers and local villagers are all working together in the search effort.
A crane has been mounted on a barge in preparation for an attempt to raise the wreckage when it is found.
The Lao Airlines flight plunged into the river as it tried to land at Pakse International Airport late on Wednesday afternoon (local time).
No one on board survived.
Among the dead are the Rhodes family from Sydney - 39-year-old Gavin, his 35-year-old wife Lea, and their two young children Jadesuda and Manfred.
Mine disposal expert Michael Creighton, 42, and his 71-year-old father Gordon, both from Glen Innes in northern New South Wales, were also killed.
Some of the recovered bodies are being stored at a Chinese temple under police guard, while others are being kept at the premises of a local rescue team.
Thai recovery experts who are assisting Laotian authorities have brought in refrigerated trucks from across the border.
State-owned Lao Airlines issued a statement yesterday saying the plane ran into "extreme bad weather conditions" and crashed at 4:00pm (local time).
The region has been affected by the tail end of a strong typhoon that killed dozens in the Philippines and Vietnam.