Monday, 16 January 2017

ACT 747 Crashes in Kyrgyzstan Killing 37

A Turkish cargo plane flying from Hong Kong has crashed in Kyrgyzstan, killing at least 37 people, most of them on the ground, officials say.
The Boeing 747 TC-MCL aircraft operated by ACT Airlines crashed as it landed in fog at Manas airport, 25km (15 miles) north of the capital, Bishkek.
At least 15 buildings were destroyed in a village outside the airport, with a number of children among the dead.


Flight TK6491 was to have stopped at Manas en route to Istanbul in Turkey.
ACT is an Istanbul-based airline operating under the name MyCargoThe plane is believed to have been around 14 years old.
Deputy PM Muhammetkaly Abulgaziev said on state TV: "According to preliminary information, the plane crashed due to a pilot error."
One witness, Baktygul Kurbatova, told local media: "I woke up because of a bright red light outside. I couldn't understand what was happening.
"It turns out the ceiling and the walls were crashing on us. I was so scared but I managed to cover my son's face with my hands so that debris would not fall on him."

Kyrgyz crash site, 16 JanImage copyrightRADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY
Image captionAt least 15 houses were destroyed as the plane appeared to overshoot its landing
Kyrgyz crash site, 16 JanImage copyrightEPA
Image captionThe jet came down on the village of Dacha-Suu, an area popular for holiday homes
Kyrgyz crash site, 16 JanImage copyrightAFP
Image captionThere were initial reports that one crew member had survived but later reports merely spoke of one missing pilot
Debris at the crash site outside Manas airport outside Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (16 Jan 2017)Image copyrightREUTERS
Image captionThe plane came down shortly after 07:30 local time (01:30 GMT). Visibility was poor at the time because of fog
Kyrgyz crash site, 16 JanImage copyrightAP
Image captionThere were at least four people on board the plane, officials said. A number of people have been taken to hospital with injuries, with fears the death toll could rise
Kyrgyz crash site, 16 JanImage copyrightREUTERS
Image captionOne witness told AFP news agency: "The plane crashed into the houses. It killed entire families. There's nothing left of the houses. Many people were sleeping"
Kyrgyz crash site, 16 JanImage copyrightRADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY
Image captionHundreds of rescuers are working at the scene. They were joined by Prime Minister Sooronbai Jeenbekov. President Almazbek Atambayev cancelled a visit to China, Kyrgyz media said
Kyrgyz crash site, 16 JanImage copyrightAFP
Image captionManas airport, the country's main international airport, has been closed
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