More than 30 villagers killed as Turkish cargo plane crashes in Kyrgyzstan

An entire village was nearly wiped out after a Turkish cargo plane crashes in Kyrgyzstan, killing 37 people including six children; most of whom are on the ground. The ill-fated flight was traveling to Hong Kong from Istanbul and was trying to land at Manas airport near the capital city of Bishkek for a brief stopover Monday morning, January 16. Poor visibility is being blamed for the accident which occurred around 7:30 am. Reports said the plane went down into the nearby village of Dacha-Suu and plowed through the houses. At least 15 buildings were damaged and several houses were burned to the ground. Most of the residents were still sleeping when the plane crashed into their homes.

The Mirror said in its article that one nine-year-old student who left early for school returned home to find his entire family killed. “The plane crashed into the houses. It killed entire families. There’s nothing left of the houses. Many people were sleeping,” one witness was quoted as telling AFP. The doomed aircraft was carrying four people onboard, including the pilot, and all of them were killed, too. “The pilot died at the scene of the plane crash, an ambulance took his body to the morgue,” said an official from a local health ministry. The aircraft is reportedly owned by ACT MyCargo Airlines and operated by Turkish Airlines under flight number TK6491. “Our condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives in the tragic incident involving an ACT Airlines aircraft in Kyrgyzstan, said the airline in a statement. While poor visibility due to freezing and foggy weather conditions is being looked at as the primary cause of the accident, investigators are not discounting the possibility of a technical malfunction.
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