32 people killed in Bishkek plane crash
According to the early reports, 32 people were killed after the Turkish Airlines cargo plane Boeing-747-400 crashed in Kyrgyzstan’s capital, Bishkek.
The plane crashed into the residential houses in the Dacha-Suu suburban settlement, at a 1,5-2 kilometer distance fromManas airport’s takeoff & landing site. The majority of victims are the settlement residents.
32 people, including 10 men, 9 women and 13 children, were killed in the plane crash – Interfax news agency was told in the Kyrgyz Emergency Situations Ministry. 12 more people were reported injured.
The Boeing pilot, who had reportedly survived the plane crash, died of heavy injuries on the way to hospital.
The Kyrgyz Civil Aviation Agency has specified that the crashed plane belonged to ACT Airlines, Turkey-based fright airline. The plane was leased by the Turkish Airlines company.
As Zhamshitbek Kalilov, the Roads and Transport Minister, told journalists, according to a preliminary version, the plane careened off the Manas Airport’s landing strip. As a source at Manas Airport told Interfax agency, the plane failed to land on the takeoff & landing site due to poor visibility caused by heavy fog.