Plane crash victim's family to go to Laos

GEORGE TOWN - The parents and brother of Angelin Teh still harbour hopes of being reunited with her.

This is despite Teh and her husband, Joel Babcock, 25, have been listed as dead with 49 passengers and crew on board a Lao Airlines plane which had crashed into Mekong River, near Pakse, in southern Laos on Wednesday.

Brother Adrian said he would accompany their parents to the crash scene "to see what we can do there".

"We are unsure on how long we will be staying in Laos. We want to go there to see for ourselves.

"These are very trying times and we will take it one step at a time."

A sombre expression was etched on Adrian's face as he met members of the press at his parents' home in Minden Heights, Gelugor, here yesterday.

The family is expected to leave for Laos today.

"We ask for privacy while we cope with the situation at hand."

Earlier, a woman, believed to be Teh's mother, was seen acknowledging the presence of members of the press by waving at reporters but she declined to speak to them.

Angelin, 24, a designer, was flying with her American husband from the Laotian capital of Vientiane to Pakse when the crash happened.