A cargo Boeing 747 attempted to land at the country’s Manas Airport in poor visibility but crashed in populated area not far from Bishkek at 7:31 local time.
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At least 37 people, most of them residents of a village struck by the Boeing, are dead, Kyrgyz officials said.
The cargo plane belonging to MyCargo/ACT Airlines was chartered by Turkish Airlines. It performed a flight Hongkong-Istanbul and was supposed to make a stopover in Bishkek on its way. Its crew consisted of five persons.
A special commission will investigate into the circumstances of the tragedy. Rescue teams are working at the crash site near Manas airport at the moment.