Sydney family of 4 among 49 feared dead in Laos plane crashBy AP News Oct 17, 2013 11:00AM UTC
SYDNEY (AP) — A Sydney family of four was among the 49 passengers and crew believed killed in a plane crash in Laos.
Relatives on Thursday released a photograph of 39-year-old tax consultant Gavin Rhodes, his 35-year-old wife Phoumalaysy Rhodes and their children Jadesuda, aged 3, and 17-month-old Manfred. They were among 49 people believed killed when a Lao Airlines plane crashed on Wednesday en route from the Lao capital Vientiane to Pakse in the south.
Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said in a statement that six Australians were on board and no survivors were expected. A passenger manifest from the airline listed five Australians and identified Jadesuda Rhodes as Lao. The Rhodes family did not immediately confirm her nationality or say whether she held dual citizenship. DFAT declined to explain the discrepancy.
Tasmanian state government minister Michelle O’Byrne told state parliament that the other two Australians killed were Vientiane-based Michael Creighton, 41, and his father Gordon Bruce Creighton, from the New South Wales state town of Glen Innes.
Michael Creighton had been an operations manager at Norwegian People’s Aid’s mine action program, and had been in Laos for almost a year.