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Last Updated: Wednesday, 27 June 2007, 08:13 GMT 09:13 UK
All dead in Cambodia plane crash
Wreckage of the PMT Air plane
Bad weather and dense tree cover hampered the search
Rescue workers have confirmed that all 22 people on board a plane which crashed in Cambodia on Monday were killed, a government minister says.

"All have died. It is confirmed," said Information Minister Khieu Kanharith.

It took search teams almost two days to find the wreckage of the aircraft, which crashed in densely forested hills in the south-west of the country.

The plane lost contact on an internal flight in bad weather, and heavy rain and thick clouds hampered the search.

Thirteen of the passengers were members of a South Korean tour group who were heading for the beach after spending time at the Angkor temples.

Three Czechs and the five-member Cambodian crew were also on board, as well as a Russian pilot.

Maintenance review

Relatives of the passengers have been arriving in Kampot province close to Bukor mountain, where a helicopter found the wreckage of the An-24.

"We have located the crash site. It's high on the mountain," search pilot Tep Sitha told the Reuters news agency from the air.

A brief inspection of the site confirmed that none of the passengers or crew had survived.

It has not been possible for helicopters to land at the site, because the tree cover is too dense. Rescue teams will have to cut through dense forest to reach it.

NATIONALITIES ON BOARD
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13 South Koreans
Five Cambodians (crew)
Three Czechs
Russian pilot

The PMT Air flight had been making a short scheduled flight from Siem Reap to the coastal town of Sihanoukville when it disappeared from radar screens on Monday morning.

Aviation authorities suggested that bad weather might have played a part in the crash.

The director of PMT Air said that the plane had been in "good condition".

However, South Korean aviation authorities have ordered a maintenance review of the air carrier, as well as Royal Khmer Airlines.

The service has only been running since January and tourism officials had hoped it would encourage visitors to spend longer in the country, says a BBC correspondent in Phnom Penh.

Some 250,000 tourists visited Cambodia from South Korea last year - more than any other nationality.


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