37 Killed in Turkish Plane Crash in Kyrgyzstan

The scene of the crashThe scene of the crash

A cargo plane has crashed near Kyrgyzstan’s capital, the press service of the Bishkek airport said on Monday.

The aircraft, on the flight from Istanbul to Bishkek, crashed several kilometers from the Manas airport.

"There were only crew members onboard, we cannot tell you the exact number," the airport’s press service said, TASS news agency reported.

Kyrgyzstan’s Emergencies Ministry said the plane crashed at a dacha community.

"After the crash, two houses in the community caught fire. The firefighting effort is underway," the ministry said.

The death toll in the Boeing 747 cargo plane crash near Bishkek’s airport has soared to 37, the republic’s Health Ministry told TASS.

"Another eight people, including six children, were hospitalized from the crash scene in serious condition," the ministry said.

Kyrgyzstan’s Minister of Transport and Roads Zhamshitbek Kalilov has named the preliminary cause of the Boeing 747 cargo plane crash near Bishkek’s airport.

The plane missed the runway at Manas airport, the ministry said on its official website on Monday.

"Experts are presently working at the crash site; the operational headquarters to investigate the cause of the crash has been set up. So far, we cannot say why it missed the runway, whether it was due to technical malfunction or weather conditions," the minister said.

A search effort at the crash scene is ongoing and the death toll could grow.

The ministry earlier said up to 40 people could have been killed.

According to Anadolu Agency, the plane was owned by Turkey’s MyCargo Airlines, also known as ACT Airlines.


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