At least 37 people were killed Monday morning when a Turkish cargo plane crashed into a residential area in Kyrgyzstan, according to a statement from Kyrgyzstan’s Ministry of Emergency Situations.
The Boeing 747 crash killed 17 people on board and at least 15 living next to the airport.
The airplane, owned by Istanbul-based cargo company ACT Airlines, was heading from Hong Kong to Kyrgyzstan’s capital of Bishek, but crashed when trying to land at Manas International Airport for a refueling stop, reported the Daily Mail.
Kubatbek Boronov, the minister of Emergency Situations, says poor visibility was likely a factor in the crash.
The plane crashed into over 20 homes in the village while making a second attempt to land at 7:18 a.m. local time.
“The number of victims is increasing quickly,” Elira Sharipova, a spokeswoman for Kyrgyzstan’s Emergency Ministry, said. “The fire service, rescue services, ministry of internal affairs and the prime minister and emergencies minister are there.”
The number of dead in the crash “could be bigger” said Muhammed Svarov, a spokesman for the country’s emergency services.
“Major work is underway,” Svarov said. “The damage to infrastructure in the village is significant.”
The Turkish transportation ministry said they will be sending two experts from its accident investigation board to Bishkek to assist with investigations into the crash.
Videos from the crash can be seen below:
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