S.Korea confirms 13 Koreans aboard a crashed airplane in Cambodia

UPDATED: 21:08, June 25, 2007

South Korean Foreign Ministry confirmed Monday that 13 South Korean citizens were aboard the airplane that crashed in Cambodia earlier in the day.

Following an emergency meeting convened by Foreign Minister Song Min-soon Monday afternoon, the ministry decided to send a diplomats and fact-finding mission to Cambodia as soon as possible and has ordered South Korean Ambassador to Cambodia to inspect the crash point, said the ministry.

South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported earlier that the 13 South Koreans, including two children and two teenagers, are likely to be tourists recruited by a tour agency.

Japan's Kyodo News Agency reported that a Russian-made An-24 plane with a total of 22 passengers and crew members, crashed near Kirirom Mountain, 130 km west of the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, on Monday.

The flight was reportedly en route to Cambodia's coastal city of Sihanoukville from Siem Reap, where the famous Angkor Wat temple is located.

Local authorities were quoted as saying that 13 South Koreans and three Cambodians were on the passenger list.

Source: Xinhua

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