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Saturday, December 12, 1998 Published at 11:20 GMT


Two Britons dead in Thai tragedy

A Thai soldier floats on the swamp beside wreckage from the plane

The Foreign Office has confirmed that two Britons were among 101 people killed in an air crash in Thailand.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "Two British citizens, both men, are confirmed to be among those who have died. We cannot say anything further about them until their next of kin have been informed.

A British man is among the 45 people who survived the Thai Airways crash on Friday night.

[ image: British survivor David Wilson]
British survivor David Wilson
Passenger David Wilson in hospital on the island resort of Surat Thani where flight TG261 came down, said a Thai Airways spokeswoman

His condition and where he is from in the UK is unknown.

The Foreign Office spokesman said that further British casualties could not be ruled out at this stage.

The Thai Airways International domestic flight from Bangkok, with 146 on board, crashed while making a third attempt to land in heavy rain.

Around 400 soldiers, police and civilians laboured pulling bodies from the wreckage and sifting through the muddy, waist-deep water with their bare hands.

An official has said the operation has ended because all 101 bodies have been recovered.

Police said the "black box" flight recorder was recovered from the wreckage.

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