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32 killed in Turkish plane crash in Kyrgyzstan

16 January 2017 8:09

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A Turkish Airlines cargo jet has crashed near the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, killing at least 32 people.

The Boeing 747 crashed near the Manas airport near Bishkek at around 7:30 a.m. local time (0130 GMT) as it was attempting to land in poor visibility because of dense fog on Monday.

It reportedly hit several buildings in the Dacha-Suu Village, where it crashed. Most of those killed are said to be villagers.

“After the crash, two houses in the community caught fire. The firefighting effort is underway,” Kyrgyzstan’s Emergencies Ministry said.

A final casualty count is not available yet, but a number of people are reported to have been injured in the incident, too. Airport officials said there had been an unknown number of crew aboard the plane but no passengers.

The plane was to make a short stop at Manas before heading for Hong Kong.

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