Lao Airlines crash probe hones in on black box

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Associated Press

Posted on October 20, 2013 at 7:33 AM

Updated Sunday, Oct 20 at 7:33 AM

BANGKOK (AP) — Investigators in Laos say they have picked up underwater signals they believe are coming from the black box of a passenger plane that crashed into the Mekong River, but strong currents are thwarting attempts to find it.

The Lao Airlines plane crashed Wednesday after getting caught in a heavy storm as it approached Pakse Airport in southern Laos.

All 49 people on board are presumed dead.

Officials said that as of Sunday, 41 bodies had been recovered.

Yakua Lopangkao, a Lao aviation official, said that French and Thai search teams using sonar and other equipment picked up signals from underwater that "we believe might be the location of the black box."

He said strong currents and deep water were blocking attempts to retrieve it.

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