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At least 30 killed in Turkish Airlines crash in Kyrgyzstan

Officials say dense fog may have contributed to the crash, but they have yet to establish a cause.

By Stephen Feller
At least 30 killed in Turkish Airlines crash in Kyrgyzstan
A Turkish Airlines cargo plane, operated by ACT Airlines, crashed in a village in Kyrgyzstan Monday morning on its way from Hong Kong to Istanbul, killing at least 32 and destroying more than a dozen homes. Pictured, Turkish Airlines aircraft on January 8, 2017 at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul. Photo by Sedat Suna/European Pressphoto Agency

DACHA-SUU, Kyrgyzstan, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- At least 30 people were killed early Monday morning when a Turkish cargo plane crashed into a village in Kyrgyzstan after leaving Hong Kong.

Officials are blaming poor visibility for the crash a Boeing 747 around 7:30 a.m. as it landed in the village of Dacha-Suu, not far from Kyrgyzstan's capital, Bishkek.

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"Our condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives in the tragic incident involving an ACT Airlines aircraft in Kyrgyzstan," Turkish Airlines officials tweeted after the crash had been confirmed.

The flight was to stop at Manas International Airport in Dacha-Suu on its way from Hong Kong to Istanbul when the crash occurred. Although no cause has been determined for sure, airline officials suggest thick fog and poor visibility may have contributed to the crash.

The 14-year-old plane reportedly took out 12 to 15 homes and several buildings, drawing 14 ambulance crews and dozens of doctors and psychologists to the crash scene.

"We're aware of the report and monitoring the situation," Marc Birtel, a Boeing spokesman, told CNN.

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