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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Thai Crash Death Toll Rises to 89

PHUKET, Thailand -- Thai rescue workers dragged the last bodies Monday from the charred wreckage of a budget airliner that crashed while trying to land in a fierce monsoon storm on the resort island of Phuket, killing 89 people.

Having recovered the flight data recorders, investigators were sifting through the gutted fuselage for clues as to why the McDonnell Douglas MD-82 veered off the runway Sunday before smashing into a wooded embankment and bursting into flames.

Thai Deputy Transport Minister Sansern Wongcha-um said the final death toll was 34 Thais and 55 foreigners, many of them vacationers.

The Indonesian captain and his Thai co-pilot were both killed, but 41 people survived the crash, which has raised concerns about the budget carriers that have sprung up across Asia in the last decade.

The coastal airstrip, known to be tricky for landing at the best of times, remained closed to commercial flights late Monday although a government plane carrying Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont was allowed to land.

Five survivors were in critical condition, with burns to 60 percent of their bodies, hospital officials said.

Fourteen Thais, seven Britons, five Iranians and four Germans were among those injured.

Australia offered to help identify the victims, who so far are known to include four Swedes, three Americans, two Iranians, a French national, at least one Australian and one Briton.