A STATEMENT FROM THE FAMILY OF GORDON AND MICHAEL CREIGHTON
The family of two Australian men missing following the plane crash in Laos overnight wish to thank friends, the Glen Innes community and general public for their support and condolences.
Michael Creighton, 42, formerly of Glen Innes in NSW was an armaments technician contracted to the Norwegian People’s Aid.
He and his fiancé, Melanie, were residents of Vientiane, Laos.
Michael grew up in Glen Innes, the eldest of three children, before joining the Australian Defence Force and later the United Nations.
He spent the past 20 years working on aid projects around the world, including in Afghanistan, Iraq, Switzerland, Cambodia and parts of Africa.
Gordon Creighton, 71, of Glen Innes, was visiting Michael in Laos to experience some of his son’s humanitarian work.
Gordon was a retired school teacher and a well-loved member of the Glen Innes community.
He was a long-serving president and life member of his beloved Glen Innes “Magpies” Rugby League Club and board member of Group 19 rugby league.
Gordon worked at the local primary school for 30 years and was heavily involved in the town’s sporting communities.
"We have lost a father, a husband, a son, a brother, a fiancé and a best mate in one tragic circumstance and are trying to come to terms with our loss. We request privacy to grieve at this devastating time."