A Turkish Airlines cargo plane crashed into a village near Kyrgyzstan’s main airport on Monday. 37 people were killed in the crash which also destroyed homes after the cargo plane attempted to land in thick fog.
The majority of the dead were from the village of Dacha-Suu where the cargo plane crashed at around 7.30 am local time. Authorities said the death toll could be bigger than the initial numbers.
Around 43 houses were damaged by the crash. Eyewitness said the plane crashed into the houses and killed entire families.
At least four pilots on the flight, which was travelling from Hong Kong to Istanbul via Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek, were among the dead.
Prime Minister Sooronbai Jeenbekov was heading a specially-appointed government commission to investigate the circumstances of the crash.