Turkish plane crash: Pictures show cargo jet embedded in destroyed Kyrgyzstan house

One of two plane recorders recovered from rubbled scene where at least 37 people were killed

Peter Walker
Monday 16 January 2017 13:40
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An extra 15 people, including six children, were reportedly taken to hospital
An extra 15 people, including six children, were reportedly taken to hospital

Pictures from the scene in Kyrgyzstan where at least 37 people were killed when a Turkish cargo plane crashed into homes show bricks, debris from cars and domestic goods strewn across the ground.

The pilots on board died in the disaster by Manas airport, near capital Bishkek, along with residents who would have been sleeping in their beds.

Kyrgyz Emergency Situations Minister Kubatbek Boronov said 23 out of 43 houses in the village were destroyed by the plane, which was scheduled for a stopover at the airport en route from Hong Kong to Istanbul.

The prime minister's office said one of the two flight recorders had been recovered from the scene.

The Turkish transportation ministry is sending two experts from its accident investigation board to assist and ACT Airlines, which owns the Boeing 474-400, said the cause was still unknown.

AFP news agency says at least one Kyrgyz official has blamed a pilot error for the tragedy.

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