A Turkish Airlines Boeing 747 from HongKong to Istanbul crashed into a residential neighborhood close to Manas Airport in Kyrgyzstan on Monday morning. Manas International Airport is the main international airport in Kyrgyzstan located 25 kilometers north-northwest of the capital Bishkek.
The plane was a Turkish cargo jet. So far the Kyrgyzstan ministry of health said, 33 local residents were killed plus the pilots. This number is most likely to increase dramatically.
The Turkish Airlines Boeing 747 freighter jet tried to land in dense fog, Kyrgyz officials said. The plane operated under flight number TK6491.
The majority of the dead are from the nearby village of Dacha-Suu where the plane – a Turkish Airlines flight to Istanbul from Hong Kong via Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek -crashed at around 7.30am local time, a spokesman for the country’s emergency services ministry told AFP.
The number dead is based on reports Rescue workers have recovered the body of the Turkish Airlines crew and 32 local residents including 5 children were killed when the Boeing 747 jumbo jet struck their homes when crashing.
Airport officials said there were an unknown number of crew-members aboard the plane, but no passengers.
At least 15 homes destroyed after Turkish Airlines plane crash.
Kyrgyz First Deputy Prime Minister Mukhammetkaly Abulgaziev and Emergencies Minister Kubatbek Boronov are at the crash scene.
Officials said Manas airport is operating normally.