Turkish cargo plane crashes near Manas Airport, Kyrgyzstan
Jan 16, 2017: A Turkish cargo plane from Hong Kong crashed near Kyrgyzstan's Manas airport, killing at least 32 people, according to media reports. The flight was making a stopover at Manas en route to Istanbul in Turkey.
Several buildings were also destroyed in the mishap as the Boeing 747 crashed when trying to land in poor visibility at 7:31 local time (01:31 GMT). Reports suggest that six children were among the victims apart from the four pilots aboard the flight.
The plane was operated by ACT Airlines, on behalf of Turkish Airlines under flight number TK6491.
Boeing issued a press statement expressing its condolences to the families of the deceased. “Boeing technical team stands ready to provide assistance at the request and under the direction of government investigating authorities,” said the aircraft manufacturer in the release.
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