Turk­ish cargo plane crash claimed 43 lives

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MOSCOW: The num­ber of peo­ple killed as a re­sult of the mid-Jan­uary crash of a Turk­ish cargo air­craft into homes near Kyr­gyzs­tan’s cap­i­tal has ex­ceeded 40, the In­ter­state Avi­a­tion Com­mit­tee (IAC) said yes­ter­day.

“Site: near Manas air­port, Bishkek, Kyr­gyzs­tan… Death toll: 43,” IAC said on its web­site.

The Boe­ing 747 crashed on Jan­uary 16, while fly­ing from Hong Kong to Is­tan­bul. It was to make a stopover at Kyr­gyzs­tan’s Manas air­port when it came down less than 1.6km from the run­way and razed 32 homes, killing the crew and peo­ple on the ground.

IAC in­ves­ti­ga­tion com­mis­sion head Leonid Kashirsky said all sys­tems of the cargo air­craft were work­ing prop­erly. – Sput­nik

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