All 44 people on board a Lao Airlines plane died Wednesday when the aircraft crashed in southern Laos as it was attempting to land, local media reported.

According to the list of 39 passengers and 5 crew published by the press, among those on board the plane were 17 Laotians, 7 French, 5 Australians, 5 Thais, 3 Koreans, 2 Vietnamese and one citizen each from China, Taiwan, Canada and Malaysia.

Flight QV301 crashed at about 4 p.m. local time (0900 GMT) along a stretch of the Mekong River about eight kilometers (five miles) from the airport at Pakse, the capital of Champassak province, an hour and 15 minutes after taking off from Vientiane.

"In the name of the president and all employees of Lao Airlines, we express our condolences to the relatives, friends and colleagues (of the dead) for the unexpected incident involving flight QV301," said the company in a communique.

"As it was preparing to land at the Pakse airport, the aircraft encountered extremely bad weather conditions ... There are no reports of survivors so far," said the statement.

The airline said that it had deployed rescue teams in the area and that on Thursday it will release the results of the investigation into the causes of the accident.

The region where the plane crashed is experiencing very heavy rains due to Typhoon Nari, which made landfall in Vietnam on Tuesday and is heading for Laos and Thailand. EFE