Ashes of crash victims brought home

Ashes of crash victims brought home
Offerings left by villagers and relatives of the victims of a Lao Airlines ATR-72 turboprop plane crash.

GEORGE TOWN - The ashes of Lao Airlines crash victims Angelin Teh and her American husband Joel Babcock have been flown back here.

The ashes, which were in two separate urns, were placed at the Western Road Christian Cemetery here following a simple funeral ceremony at the Teh family home in Cangkat Minden, Gelugor.

Angelin's brother Adrian, 29, who is a film director, and their mother Michelle Tan arrived at the family home with the ashes at about 3.45pm yesterday.

At the house, family and friends who had brought flowers and balloons gathered for the funeral ceremony.

Adrian, who flew to Laos with Tan and three other relatives on Oct 19, said both his family and Babcock's had agreed in Laos to divide the ashes, with Babcock's family bringing back the other half of the ashes to the United States.

He said the situation in Laos was chaotic with many families of the air crash victims trying to identify the bodies of their loved ones.

"However, I must thank the Malay­sian Embassy in Laos for helping us with all the necessary arrangements. My sister and brother-in-law's friends also assisted us tremendously," he said at the cemetery yesterday.

Angelin, 24, and Babcock, 25, were among the 49 people who were killed when the ATR-72 turboprop Lao Airlines plane ran into bad weather and crashed into the Mekong River about 8km from Pakse Airport in Champasek province on Oct 16.

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