Saturday, December 12, 1998 Published at 14:41 GMT
Grim task over
Salvage work has been hampered by mud and rain
An investigation has begun into the causes of the air crash in southern Thailand which left 101 people dead.
Both the plane's flight recorders have now been found.
Hundreds of rescue workers laboured all day in waist-deep mosquito-infested swamp water to recover bodies. Thai officials say all passengers have now been accounted for.
Forty-five people survived the crash of the A310-200 Airbus into a swamp near the airport of Surat Thani.
The BBC Asia business correspondent, David Willis, says this has prompted speculation that shrinking profit margins resulting from the region's economic downturn may have compromised maintenance and safety standards.
The European Consortium Airbus Industrie, based in France, said the plane was delivered in April 1986 and had accumulated 23,000 flight hours.
Officials of Thai International Airways said it was too early to speculate as to the cause of the disaster.
But one senior international air crash investigator has been quoted as saying that bad weather appears a likely cause, while pilot error cannot be ruled out.
Third time unlucky
People living nearby described a loud noise as the plane tried to gain height, and then a bright light followed by a fireball falling to the ground.
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.
Thai pop singer Ruangsak Loichusak was one of the survivors and was shown on television walking from the wreckage.