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100 die in Thailand plane crash

Rescuers have confirmed 100 people died in Friday's plane crash in Thailand. There were 45 survivors and one person reported missing.

The Thai Airways jetliner plowed into a swamp Friday while trying to land in southern Thailand.

Thai Airways president Thamnoon Wanglee said the cause of the crash is still not known although weather was believed to be a factor. Authorities have recovered the flight data recorder which could provide clues to the cause of the crash.

Police said they believed many of the dead drowned in the waist-high swamp water while trapped in the wreckage.

Specially designed equipment was used by rescue workers to cut through what remained of the jet's fuselage to extract bodies. The country's transport minister says 146 people were on board when the plane went down just southwest of the airport at Surat Thani.

The plane was on its way from Surat Thani to Bangkok.