A Turkish Airlines cargo plane has crashed into a residential area just outside Kyrgyzstan's main international airport, killing at least 37 people. Death toll is likely to rise
UPDATE: Monday 16 Jan 2017 The Turkish Airlines Cargo Boeing 747 crashed just outside Manas airport, south of the capital Bishkek, on Monday morning, killing people in the residential area adjacent to the airport as well as those on the plane, the Emergency Situations Ministry said.
Images from the scene showed the nose of the plane embedded inside a brick house.
More than 1,000 rescue workers were at the incident location by late morning in the residential area where 15 houses have been destroyed, Deputy Prime Minister Mukhammetkaly Abulgaziyev said.
The cause of the crash was not immediately clear.
Kyrgyz Emergency Situations Minister Kubatbek Boronov told reporters that it was foggy at Manas on Monday morning when the plane came down but weather conditions were not critical.
Until 2014, the US military operated an installation at Manas airport, using it primarily for its operations in Afghanistan.
Turkish media reports said the plane belonged to an Istanbul-based cargo company and it had departed from Hong Kong.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called his Kyrgyz counterpart, Erlan Abdildaev, on Monday to offer Turkey's condolences, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said.
Source AP , CNS,
Sunday 15 Jan2017 BISHKEK: A Turkish Airlines cargo B 747 jet crashed near Kyrgyzstan's Manas airport on Monday, killing at least 16 people, the Kyrgyz government said.
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