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Bodies recovered in Mekong River after Laos plane crash

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PAKSE, Laos — Rescuers in fishing boats pulled bodies from the muddy Mekong River today as officials in Laos ruled out finding survivors from a plane that crashed in stormy weather, killing 49 people from 11 countries.

Backpacks, two broken airplane propellers and passports were among the debris scattered on the riverbank where the Lao Airlines turboprop plane left deep skid marks in the ground before disappearing into the water Wednesday.

Yakao Lopangkao, director-general of Lao’s Department of Civil Aviation,…

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