Turkish Airlines cargo jet crash kills at least 20 in Kyrgyzstan
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A Turkish Airlines cargo jet crashed near Kyrgyzstan's Manas airport on Monday, killing at least 20 people on the ground, the Kyrgyz government said.

The health ministry said the rescue workers have recovered the body of one pilot and at least 15 local people, who died when the Boeing 747 jet crashed into their houses. Reports said there are six children among the deceased.

The plane was en route to Istanbul from Hong Kong and it was supposed to make a stopover at Manas, near the capital city Bishkek. It crashed when it was trying to land in poor visibility at 7:31 local time (0131 GMT).

Mukhammed Svarov, head of crisis management centre at the emergencies ministry, said the flight incident damaged at least 15 buildings in the village. "After the crash, two houses in the community caught fire. The firefighting effort is underway," the ministry said.

**This story is developing**