Kyrgyzstan: Cargo plane crashes near Bishkek killing 32

16th Jan 2017
Kyrgyzstan: Cargo plane crashes near Bishkek killing 32

By Aliia Raimbekova

 

BISHKEK (AA): At least 32 people, including six children, were killed when a cargo plane crashed near Kyrgyzstan’s capital, Bishkek on Monday, according to a Kyrgyz official.

The aircraft on a flight from Hong-Kong to Bishkek crashed during a landing approach due to bad weather conditions at 7:31 local time (01:31 GMT), Kyrgyzstan Deputy Prime Minister Muhambetkaliy Abulkaziyev announced.

The Bishkek airport authorities said the cargo plane, which belongs to ACT Airlines, crashed into a residential area.

The flight had five crew members on board, and one of them survived, as the plane crashed in a residential area, Kyrgyz Health Ministry informed.

The ministry also said there were four injured people receiving treatment in hospitals currently.

The research and rescue efforts are ongoing.

[Photo:  Wreckage of a cargo plane is seen after the aircraft on a flight from Hong-Kong to Bishkek crashed during a landing approach due to bad weather conditions, near Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on January 16, 2017. Photographer: Muhabiri Fatih Kurt/AA]

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