At least 37 people died after a Turkish cargo jet crashed near Kyrgyzstan’s Manas airport on Monday. Most of them residents of a village struck by the Boeing 747 as it tried to land in dense fog, Kyrgyz officials said.
According to the airport administration, the plane was supposed to make a stopover at Manas, near the capital city Bishkek, on its way from Hong Kong to Istanbul. It crashed when trying to land in poor visibility at 7:31 a.m. (0131 GMT).
The doomed plane ploughed on for a few hundred metres (yards) through the Dachi Suu village, home to hundreds of families, shattering into pieces and damaging dozens of buildings.
Plumes of smoke rose above the crash site, with some mudbrick buildings razed to the ground and others pierced by parts of the plane.
The torn-off tail assembly, rotated upside down, towered above a one-storey house. A football pitch-sized area nearby was completely levelled and covered with twisted pieces of metal.
Locals said they had initially thought the area was struck by an earthquake.
“Around seven o’clock in the morning I heard a strong swat (noise) and after that all the nearest houses were shaken,” said local resident