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37 dead after Turkish cargo plane hits village in Kyrgyzstan

It’s reported that most of those killed were villagers on the ground.

Kyrgyz Emergency Ministry officials work among remains of a crashed Turkish Boeing 747 cargo plane
Kyrgyz Emergency Ministry officials work among remains of a crashed Turkish Boeing 747 cargo plane
Image: Vladimir Voronin

A CARGO PLANE crashed in a residential area just outside the main airport in the Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan this morning, killing at least 37 people according to the Emergency Situations Ministry.

The Turkish Boeing 747 crashed just outside the Manas airport, south of the capital Bishkek, killing people in the residential area adjacent to the airport as well as those on the plane.

Reports of the death toll range from 31 to 37 people, according to emergency officials and the presidential press office. Images from the scene showed the nose of the plane stuck inside a brick house.

More than a thousand rescue workers were working on the scene by late morning in the residential area where 15 houses have been destroyed, Deputy Prime Minister Mukhammetkaly Abulgaziyev said.

The cause of the crash was not immediately clear. Kyrgyz Emergency Situations Minister Kubatbek Boronov told reporters that it was foggy this morning at Manas when the plane came down but weather conditions were not critical.

Until 2014, the US military operated a military installation at the Manas airport, using it primarily for its operations in Afghanistan.

Turkish media reports say the plane belonged to an Istanbul-based cargo company and it had departed from Hong Kong.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called his Kyrgyz counterpart, Erlan Abdildaev, to offer Turkey’s condolences, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said.

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