Kyrgyzstan plane crash pilot 'was seen climbing out of wreckage and wandering around disaster zone' before dying in hospital after crash that killed 37

ONE of the pilots involved in the plane crash in Kyrgyzstan was seen hauling himself out of the wreckage and walking around following the smash, before later dying in hospital.

The death toll has now risen to 38, including 14 children, after a cargo plane crashed into a village while trying to land in thick fog.











Officials have now told that one of the pilots was seen staggering around the crash site after he "managed to climb out of the debris by himself."

They did not say which of the pilots it was that had been seen walking around.

Witnesses said 'entire families' had been wiped out after the Turkish jet smashed into homes in Kyrgyzstan in the early hours of this morning with officials blaming "pilot error".

Chilling drone footage shows the extent of the crash, which destroyed 23 houses, with one eyewitness saying it "killed entire families".

The death toll has now risen to 38 after bodies were pulled from the wreckage.

 

A Kyrgyzstan official has told AFP that a "pilot error" caused the crash and local media reporting that looters have descended to plunder through the wreckage with one man detained by police for pilfering two kettles.

One eyewitness said: "There's nothing left of the houses, people were killed with their whole family, their children. Many people were sleeping."

One nine year old boy reportedly left the family home early for school in a neighbouring village.

However, after seeing the plane come down he reportedly ran back to his home to find his entire family had been killed.

One heartbreaking video shows a woman, who reportedly lost her son in the crash, crying at the scene.



Injured victim Baktygul Kubatova spoke to AKIpress how her experience of the devastating crash

"The house was collapsing on us and I was worrying about my children, that they could die.

"We were sleeping at home as usual. I woke up after I saw something red in the window.

"I had no time to realise what happened. Then it turned out that the ceiling and the walls of the house was crashing.

"With fear, I covered my son with my hand to protect him from the ruins.

"We could not move and I started crying for help to get out of there.

"The house was collapsing over and over again. My child was crying.

"The neighbours came to help. My daughter received injuries, as she was sleeping near the window, while me and my son were sleeping on the floor.

"As soon as we got out of the house, we immediately ran to the neighbours to wait for my brother there.

"But all other houses were on fire, all of them were destroyed, everything was damaged as if it was an earthquake….

"Thank God that we were just injured and stayed alive."











Injured victim Baktygul Kubatova told AKIpress: "The house was collapsing on us and I was worrying about my children, that they could die.

"We were sleeping at home as usual. I woke up after I saw something red in the window.

"I had no time to realise what happened. Then it turned out that the ceiling and the walls of the house was crashing. With fear, I covered my son with my hand to protect him from the ruins.

"We could not move and I started crying for help to get out of there.

"The house was collapsing over and over again. My child was crying.

"The neighbours came to help. My daughter received injuries, as she was sleeping near the window, while me and my son were sleeping on the floor.

"As soon as we got out of the house, we immediately ran to the neighbours to wait for my brother there.

"But all other houses were on fire, all of them were destroyed, everything was damaged as if it was an earthquake….

"Thank God that we were just injured and stayed alive."

Zumriyat Rezakhanova, a resident of Dacha-Suu said the plane fell "right on the homes" where residents were sleeping.

Zumriyat said: "My sister's home is badly damaged. Luckily she and her family survived."








It has been reported that the cargo plane was making a refuelling stop in foggy conditions at Bishkek's Manas Airport and was en route from Hong Kong to Istanbul.

Russian broadcaster NTV reported attempted a second landed "but failed to climb".

The pilot has been named as Ibrahum Gurcan Diranci, who was formerly a military airman in Turkey.

He was previously involved in an emergency landing of an ACT Airlines aircraft at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan in 2010.

This was blamed on a landing gear fault caused by poor maintenance.

The second pilot has been named as Kazim Ondul.

Bishkek transport official Marat Amankulovso said" "The cargo jet was approaching the runway from the east.

"At the landing it didn't come down on the runway, flew over it, its fuselage touched the fence and after that it crashed."

He added: "It is hard to say whether the fog affected the situation.

"We are told that all the standards were met, and that planes were landing in the same conditions earlier."

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Kyrgyz officials initially identified the Boeing 747-400 as belonging to Turkish Airlines, but Turkish cargo operator ACT Airlines said the jet was theirs.

A statement said: "ACT Airlines is deeply saddened to report that an accident happened during the flight from Hong Kong to Bishkek by Boeing 747-400 TC-MCL registered cargo aircraft at 01:20 Z. The cause of the accident is unknown at this time and further details will be provided as they become available."

Muhammed Svarov, a spokesman for the country's emergency services, said the total number of dead "could be bigger".

He said: "Major work is underway. The damage to infrastructure in the village is significant."

Over 40 firefighters and 9 firefighting trucks are operating at the crash site.

A government commission has been set up to examine the causes of the tragedy.

Wreckage is spread across an area of one hectare.

A national day of mourning for the crash victims is to be announced by the Krygyzstan authorities.

"In light of the plane crash that left over 30 people dead, Kyrgyzstan will announce the national day of mourning. President of the Kyrgyz Republic Almazbek Atambayev will sign the corresponding decree," said the presidential press service .




Manas airport has been closed and flights cancelled until evening at the earliest, airport authorities said.

The government said in a statement that Deputy Prime Minister Moukhammetkali Aboulgaziev visited the scene, accompanied by the Ministers of Emergency Situations and Transport.

A national day of mourning will be held on Friday, authorities have said.

The Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called his Kyrgyz counter-part, Erlan Abdildaev, to offer Turkey's condolences, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said.

An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the plane belonged Turkish Airlines. The plane was actually operated by ACT Airlines

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