The pilot of the Lao Airlines plane that crashed Wednesday killing all 44 passengers and five crew members on board was a 50-year-old Cambodian pilot, an official of the State Secretariat for Civil Aviation (SSCA) in Phnom Penh said Thursday. According to international reports, the ATR-72 turboprop plane was flying in inclement weather before it crashed into the Mekong River at about 4:10 p.m. It was flying from the Lao capital of Vientiane and crashed about 8 km short of the airport in Pakse, it’s destination. Long Cheng, chief of Cabinet for SSCA Secretary of State Mao Havannall,
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