Kyrgyzstan crash: at least 37 people dead after plane goes down in dense fog

Turkish Airlines: Kyrgyzstan crash kills at least 37 people

The remnants of the tail section of the plane (Credit: Twitter: @zanoza_kg)

Monday, January 16, 2017

A long-haul cargo flight to Istanbul has crashed into a village outside the main airport in Kyrgyzstan, killing at least 37 people.

The Boeing 747 - which had five people on board - was on the approach to Manas airport near the capital city of Bishkek, where it was scheduled for a stop-over before continuing on to Istanbul. 

While trying to land in dense fog around 7:30 this morning, the plane crashed into a village near the airport, damaging 15 buildings. Twitter images of the crash show the plane appears to have broken apart upon impact - the nose of the plane lodged inside a house while the tail-end appeared to be elsewhere on the crash site.

Emergency services were on the scene and have continued efforts to aid people trapped by the incident.

The plane that went down has been identified as Turkish Airlines Boeing 747-400, but the company have stated the plane belonged to another firm, ACT Airlines.

They have released a statement on Twitter to express their condolences for those who lost their lives in the crash, as well as their families.