32 killed after Turkish cargo plane crashes near Kyrgyzstan
By Vamsi Krishna N : 16-Jan-2017
One of the cargo planes of Turkish Airlines has crashed into a village near Kyrgyzstan's main airport on Monday, which killed 32 people and also destroyed most of the homes in the village while attempting to land in the dense fog.
A spokesperson of the Kyrgyzstan's emergency services Muhammed Svarov told media that most of the dead in the accident were from the Dacha-Suu village, when the cargo plane crashed into the village while attempting to land in the dense fog at around 7:30 AM local time in the morning.
Svarov also added that the number of people dead in the accident might be much bigger, and also said that the authorities have launched a search and rescue operation.
Svarov said in a statement that, “Major work is underway. The damage to infrastructure in the village is significant.” The flight travelling to Istanbul via Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek from Hong Kong is carrying four pilots and all are dead in the accident, while the body of one pilot is yet to be found in the debris.
The fire sparked by the crash of the cargo airplane destroyed around 43 houses, but now the fire has been localised, the ministry of emergency services reported.
“The plane crashed into the houses, it killed entire families. There's nothing left of the houses, people were killed with their whole family, their children. Many people were sleeping,” told an eyewitness to the media.
According to the airport authorities, following the accident of the cargo airplane, all the flights from the Manas airport of the country have been cancelled until evening at the earliest.
The place of the incident has been visited by the Deputy Prime Minister Moukhammetkali Aboulgaziev, and also Ministers of Emergency Situations and Transport.
According to Kyrgyz media, President Almazbek Atambayev cancelled his visit to China, followed by the accident and returned to Bishkek.