Kyrgyzstan: 37 dead in Bishkek plane crash

The plane was supposed to make a stopover at Manas, near the capital city Bishkek, on its way from Hong Kong to Istanbul.

Kyrgyzstan: 37 dead in Bishkek plane crash

At least 37 people have died including six children when a cargo plane crashed near Kyrgyzstan's main airport on Monday, Emergency Situations Ministry said.

Reportedly, the plane crashed in a populated area after attempting to land in thick fog, authorities said. Health officials informed media that four pilots are dead.

Around 15 houses have been damaged by the crash, according to the emergency services ministry, which said that the crash caused fires that have now been localised. According to the reports, it happened when Boeing 747 as it tried to land in dense fog, Kyrgyz officials said.


The majority of the dead were from the village of Dacha-Suu where the plane -- a Turkish Airlines flight from Hong Kong to Istanbul via Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek -- crashed at around 7.30 am local time (0130 GMT), a spokesman for the country's emergency services ministry told AFP.

Reportedly, the plane was supposed to make a stopover at Manas, near the capital city Bishkek, on its way from Hong Kong to Istanbul.

The doomed plane damaged 15 buildings in the village, said Mukhammed Svarov, head of crisis management centre at the emergencies ministry, putting the toll at least 20 people. Rescue workers have recovered the body of a pilot and 15 villagers, the healthcare ministry said.

The country's Manas airport has been closed and flights cancelled until evening at the earliest,