A Turkish cargo plane has crashed in Kyrgyzstan killing at least 37 people. It is however expected to rise after dozens of homes were engulfed in fire and destroyed in the village of Dacha-Suu.
At least six children were killed, and many injured. A nine year old boy had left early for school in a neighbouring village and ran back to his home to find his entire family killed.
The Boeing 747 went down near Manas airport as it tried to land in dense fog, 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 local time (01:31 GMT).
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The doomed plane damaged about 15 buildings in the small village, said Mukhammed Svarov, head of crisis management centre at the emergencies ministry.
Rescue workers have recovered the body of a pilot and villagers. They are still at the crash scene recovering more bodies.
Deadly Plane Crash Razed A Small Village, Kill Children Too
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