Monday, January 16, 2017

Kyrgyzstan says at least 32 dead after Turkish cargo plane hits village

A Turkish Airlines cargo plane crashed into a village near Kyrgyzstan's main airport Monday, killing 32 people and destroying homes after attempting to land in thick fog, authorities said.


The majority of the dead were from the village of Dacha-Suu where the cargo plane crashed at around 7:30 am local time (0130 GMT), a spokesman for the country's emergency services, Muhammed Svarov, told AFP.

The total number of dead "could be bigger" Svarov said, adding that authorities had launched a huge search and rescue operation.

"Major work is underway," Svarov said. "The damage to infrastructure in the village is significant."

At least four pilots on the flight, which was travelling from Hong Kong to Istanbul via Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek, were among the dead, the emergency services ministry said, with one pilot's body yet to be found.
 [i24news.tv]
 16/1/17

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