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In pictures: At least 37 died when Turkish plane crashed into village in Kyrgyzstan

Monday 16-01-2017 - 11:48 AM
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A Turkish cargo jet crashed near Kyrgyzstan's Manas airport on Monday (Jan 16), killing at least 37 people, most of them residents of a village struck by the Boeing 747 as it tried to land in dense fog, Kyrgyz officials said.


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According to the airport administration, the plane was supposed to make a stopover at Manas, near the capital city Bishkek, on its way from Hong Kong to Istanbul. It crashed when trying to land in poor visibility at 7:31am. (0131 GMT).

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"The number of victims is increasing quickly," Elira Sharipova, a spokeswoman for Kyrgyzstan's Emergency Ministry told CNN. "The fire service, rescue services, ministry of internal affairs and the prime minister and emergencies minister are there."
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The authorities said the crash  was caused by “pilot error”.

“According to preliminary information, the plane crashed due to a pilot error,” deputy prime minister Muhammetkaly Abulgaziev said at a briefing broadcast on state television.
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