Saturday, December 12, 1998 Published at 06:05 GMT
Search for crash bodies resumes
Salvage work has been hampered by mud and rain
Salvage work following an air crash in southern Thailand has restarted at first light, but workers say there is little chance of finding any more survivors.
The victims include a member of the Thai parliament and the sister of the country's transport minister.
The Thai Airways International domestic flight from Bangkok, with 146 people on board, crashed at 7pm local time (1200 GMT) on Friday when attempting a third emergency landing in heavy rain.
A flight attendant revealed to Thai television that if the third attempt to land had failed, they would have returned to Bangkok.
Most of the plane's passengers are believed to be Thai, although a passenger list showed there appeared to be at least 25 foreigners on board.
The survivors are thought to include five children. There are unconfirmed reports that at least one British citizen survived the crash, along with three Japanese, two Israelis, two Australians, and a German.
Thai pop singer Ruangsak Loichusak was one of the survivors and was shown on television walking from the wreckage.
Analysts say threats to safety increase at a time of cost-cutting as the region deals with lower passenger levels due to the economic slump.
The aircraft's manufacturers European Consortium Airbus Industrie said in a statement from its headquarters in France that it was sending five specialists to help in the crash inquiry.
But officials there refused to speculate about the cause of the crash.