MIAMI – A MyCargo Airlines Boeing 747-400F crashed while performing a missed approach procedure to runway 26 at Manas International Airport in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, killing at least 32 people after falling onto a residential area.
Flight TK6491 from Hong Kong was being operated on behalf of Turkish Airlines Cargo. The aircraft involved in the crash (TC-MCL • MSN 32897 • LN 1322) was originally delivered to Singapore Airlines Cargo in 2003, and began operations with the Turkish carrier in December 2015.
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Founded in 2004, MyCargo Airlines is based in Istanbul, and offers air freight charter flights and ACMI (Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance and Insurance) leasing to other air cargo carriers.
Kyrgyzstan’s Health Minister reported all 4 pilots and 28 people on the ground have died, and 8 people who received injuries were taken to hospitals. All flights to and from Manas Airport have been suspended until further notice, RIA Novosti reported, citing local sources.
A statement from MyCargo said that the carrier was deeply saddened to report the accident, further adding that “the cause of the accident is unknown at this time and further details will be provided as they become available.”
Boeing and Turkish Airlines have both offered their condolences to the families of those killed in the accident. Boeing also offered a technical team ready to help at the request of the government investigation authorities.