Patong Beach in Thailand is a major resort town that attracts many European and Australian tourists, particularly over the Christmas holiday. This is why such a large number of foreigners were killed during the December 26 tsunami. For example, over 500 Germans and 500 Swedes perished. During the following days, countries sent emergency flights into Phuket to extract their citizens, perhaps including the people whose luggage sat next to this overturned car and van. The airport looked like a MASH unit.