A cargo plane crashed near Kyrgyzstan’s main airport on Monday, leaving 32 people dead including four pilots as it hit a populated area after attempting to land in thick fog.
The majority of people dead were from the village of Dacha Suu, where a Turkish Airlines Flight from Hong Kong to Istanbul crashed at around 7:30 am local time (0130 GMT).
The plane was supposed to make a stopover at Manas, near the capital city Bishkek, on its way from Hongkong to Istanbul. It crashed while landing due to poor visibility.
News agency Reuters cited Kyrgyzstan’s transport ministry says there were five people on board. It identified the plane as a Turkish Airlines Boeing 747-400, but the company said it belonged to another Turkish firm, ACT Airlines.
Turkish Airlines said on its Twitter account, “Our condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives in the tragic incident involving an ACT Airlines aircraft in Kyrgyzstan”.
The crashed plane damaged 15 buildings in the village.