BANGKOK, Oct 16 (Reuters) - An aircraft crashed into the Mekong river in Laos on Wednesday and 39 people were killed, media reported.
A Lao Airlines plane on an internal flight from the capital, Vientiane, to the south of the country, crashed into the Mekong in the late afternoon, China's Xinhua state news agency said, citing the airline.
A television station in neighbouring Thailand said 39 people had been killed. Airline and government officials in Laos were not immediately available for comment.
(Reporting by Bangkok bureau; Editing by Robert Birsel)