Vehicles carrying some of the remains leave Noi Bai airport in Hanoi on Wednesday morning [Nhac Nguyen/AFP]
The bodies arrived on a commercial Vietnam Airlines flight from London to Hanoi, where ambulances and security personnel waited at the airport.
“The plane landed with 16 bodies on board … we are waiting to transfer the bodies to local authorities,” the source told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.
An official letter seen by AFP confirmed that 16 bodies would arrive in Vietnam on Wednesday. The 16 victims came from three provinces in central Vietnam.