Nebraska man among 49 killed in Laos plane crash

Rescue workers search bodies of plane crash victims by boats in the Mekong River in Pakse, Laos Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. Lao Airlines flight QV301 crashed Wednesday as it prepared to land in stormy weather at Pakse Airport in southern Laos. All 49 people on board, more than half of whom were foreigners, are presumed dead. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

October 18, 2013 6:13:45 AM PDT
A Nebraska man is among the 49 killed in a plane crash in Laos.

A pastor to the man and his family says 25-year-old Joel Babcock died in the Wednesday crash. The Rev. Glen Wapelhorst of Christ is King Community Church in Norfolk says Babcock's wife, Angelin, who was from Mayalsia, also died in the crash.

Wapelhorst said Thursday that he has spoken to most of Babcock's immediate family. He says Babcock's parents and a brother were flying to Laos on Thursday as officials in that country work to recover the bodies of those killed.

Wapelhorst says Babcock moved from Nebraska to Laos with his family as a young boy, but lived in Lincoln and attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln from 2007 until 2010 before moving back to Laos.