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.
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).
"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."
The authorities said the crash was caused by “pilot error”.
to preliminary information, the plane crashed due to a pilot error,”
deputy prime minister Muhammetkaly Abulgaziev said at a briefing
broadcast on state television.