THE bodies of Gordon Creighton and his son Michael have been recovered from the site of a plane crash in Laos last week.
The Creighton family were told by Australian Federal Police (AFP) on Monday that authorities were confident the bodies of the pair had been found, still strapped in their seats in the wreckage of the plane.
Gordon, 71, from Glen Innes, was visiting his 41-year-old son Michael, who was working in Laos as an armaments technician with a Norwegian aid agency.
They were among six Australians on a Lao Airlines flight that crashed into the Mekong River during a violent storm a week ago, killing all 49 passengers and crew.
Teresa Creighton said it was some consolation her husband and son weren’t among those who had been thrown from the plane on impact.
Identifying documents were found on the bodies, but international protocols dictate that identification be confirmed with DNA testing and dental and medical records. DNA samples have been taken from Mrs Creighton to confirm the identity of Michael, and from his siblings, Sarah and Ben, to confirm the identity of Gordon.
Mrs Creighton said AFP officers had joined their US counterparts in Laos, collecting evidence from the site and assisting with the processing of bodies.
She said her son’s work colleagues were also assisting where they could.
It’s hoped the bodies will be formally identified and released in the next week, but the family has been told it could be several weeks before the remains can be returned to Glen Innes.
Mrs Creighton said funeral arrangements would then be made for a service at the town’s Anglican church.