Family in Laos to identify M’sian plane crash victim

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 20 Oct 2013

PETALING JAYA: Family members of Lao Airlines crash victim Angelin Teh (pic) have arrived in south Laos to help identify the bodies of Teh and her husband Joel Babcock.

The Malaysian Embassy in Laos counsellor and head of chancery Mohd Zakhir Yusof said Teh’s brother and uncle were in Pakse, where the crash occurred.

“We have been informed by the Laotian government that the body of a Malaysian has been recovered but we still need confirmation by family members,” he said, adding that the search for bodies from the wreckage in the Mekong River was still ongoing.

Although there has been news of the recovery of Teh’s remains, the Malaysian embassy has yet to receive information on Babcock, who is a US citizen.

“However, Teh’s relatives will help with identifying the body of Babcock once search missions are completed,” said Mohd Zakhir.

Teh, 24, was among 49 killed in a Lao Airlines plane crash on Wednesday.

The Laotian Public Works and Transport Ministry, which operates Lao Airlines, said 44 passengers and five crew members were on Flight QV301 from the Laotian capital Vientiane to Pakse.

The ATR-72 turboprop plane was about to land at 4pm when it ran into bad weather and crashed into the Mekong River about 8km from Pakse Airport in Champasek province.

In GEORGE TOWN, friends described Teh as bubbly, kind and friendly.

A former schoolmate of Teh, who wished to be known only as Chin, 25, said Teh’s bubbly personality made her very approachable.

She said although Teh came from a wealthy family, she was not snobbish.

“She has an extremely good heart as well as an infectious smile that just lit up the place. It is such a waste that she is gone so soon,” Chin said.

Another friend, who did not want to disclose his name, said he will remember the kindness Teh had shown him.

“I remember forgetting to bring money for a camp during secondary school. Without hesitation, she lent me money to buy food,” he said.

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