The black box of the Lao Airlines plane that crashed into the Mekong River near Pakse airport in Champassak province on Oct 16 has been located, Sommat Phonsena, Lao Minister for Public Works and Transport, said on Monday.
Mr Sommat said frogmen were trying to retrieve the black box from the river after it was located by the search team.
He thanked Thai police and military personnel for their help in the recovery mission.
Pol Maj Gen Wallop Raksanoh, chief of the Thai military search team, said Thai soldiers would stop work today, since Lao authorities have said they are capable of concluding the search for bodies and the aircraft's fuselage. The Thai team would withdraw from Pakse tomorrow, he added.
Pol Gen Charumporn Suramanee, an adviser to the Royal Thai Police Office and chief of Thailand's Disaster Victims Identification (DIV) team, said 42 bodies and 17 body parts had been recovered.
Sixteen of the bodies found have been identified. They include those of two Thai victims - Phakkawat Atiratanachai and Kanueng Chartkasemchai.
He said 37 samples of human remains were sent to Bangkok on Sunday night for DNA tests, adding that he thought the other bodies would soon be identified.
On Monday afternoon, the bodies of six victims recovered but not yet identified will be examined and compared with fingerprints, dental records and descriptions provided by relatives for identification.
A report said one of the bodies yet to be identified might be that of Thai victim, Veekij Busarawuthanu.
Rattanamanee Khounewong, Deputy Minister of Public Works and Transport, said Lao Airlines would initially pay US$5,000 to the relatives of each of the Thai victims and provide air transport to deliver their bodies to their hometowns in Thailand.
Relatives of three of the Thai victims - Phakkawat, Kanueng and Veekij - said they had demanded US$500,000 compensation each from Lao Airlines.
The bodies of two other Thai victims and PTT employees - Yanyong Apa-anant and Niphon Chaichanasakuldee - have not been recovered.
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