Statement issued: Crashed Turkish Airlines had no Turkish Airlines Crew


Media from around the world today reported on a Turkish Airlines B747 crash in Kyrgyzstan. They are only half way correct. It’s important to understand the crashed freighter B747 was leased and operated by ACT Airlines with a Turkish Airlines flight number.

ACT is operating as MyCargo Airlines. The company has been leasing freighters to numerous airlines, including Turkish, Saudia or Qatar Airways.
ACT issued this statement:

“Respectfully announced to the public,
ACT Airlines is deeply saddened to report that an accident happened during the flight from HongKong to Bishkek by Boeing 747-400 TC-MCL registered cargo aircraft at 01:20 Z. The cause of the accident is unknown at this time and further details will be provided as they become available.
Yours sincerely,

ACT Airlines, a.k.a. ACT Havayollari, operating as MyCargo Airlines, is a Turkish cargo airline based in the Ekinci Residence Building Level 7, in Kurtköy, Istanbul, Turkey.

On January 16, 2017, Turkish Airlines Flight TK6491, a 747-400F operated by ACT Airlines, failed to reach the runway on landing in thick fog at Manas International Airport in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, crashed into a residential settlement and caught fire. At least 35 people died, including all four crew members.

The last accident before today’s deadly crash was recorded in 2010 in Afghanistan