37 killed as cargo plane crashes in Kyrgyzstan, death toll rises - VIDEO, UPDATING

  16 January 2017    Read: 4947
37 killed as cargo plane crashes in Kyrgyzstan, death toll rises - VIDEO, UPDATING
Thirty-two people, at least six of them children, have been killed after a cargo plane belonging to Turkish Airlines crashed into a residential neighborhood near Kyrgyzstan`s capital, Bishkek, according to the local Health Ministry.
At least 37 people died in a Turkish cargo plane crash near Kyrgyzstan`s capital of Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Ministry of Emergency Situations said an. 16.


Among those killed are four crew members, RIA Novosti news agency reported.

One of the crew members survived the crash, but later died on the way to the hospital, the local Health Ministry said, as cited by TASS.

The aircraft was operating the flight route TK6491 from Hong Kong to Bishkek, and would have flown on to Istanbul.

Kyrgyzstan`s Emergencies Ministry said the plane crashed in a residential neighborhood outside the capital, Bishkek.

It happened just 1.5-2 kilometers from the airport runway, the Kyrgyz Transport Ministry said, as cited by Interfax.

Fifteen houses have been destroyed in the crash, Kyrgyzstan`s government said, as cited by Interfax.

Firefighters are at the scene, the ministry added, as cited by TASS.

All flights to and from Kyrgyzstan`s Manas airport have been suspended until further notice, RIA Novosti reported, citing local sources.

Kyrgyz PM Sooronbay Jeenbekov has arrived at the crash site, the government`s press service told RIA Novosti.


The death toll after a cargo plane crashed near Bishkek has risen up to 30.

The death toll after a Turkish cargo plane on a flight from Hong-Kong has crashed near Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, has risen up to 30, Kyrgyz Health Ministry reported.

​Earlier it has been reported that the plane has crashed during landing approach due to poor weather conditions, crashing on a village near the airport and destroying at least 15 homes.

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