At 01:31 GMT, a Turkish Cargo Boeing 747-412F performing flight TK6491 from Hong Kong Int’l (VHHH) to Istanbul Int’l (LTBA) via Bishkek Manas Int’l (UCFM), crashed on go-around in Bishek, killing 32 people, 28 of which were on the ground, including 13 children. The aircraft (TC-MCL, MSN 32897, L/N 1322) was owned and operated by Turkish airline ACT Airlines.
Both Boeing and Turkish Airlines have tweeted about the accident:
The aircraft, according to the Aviation Herald, has crashed while attempting a go-around. These are the METARs:
UCFM 160300Z VRB01MPS 0100 R26/0150N FZFG VV001 M09/M10 Q1024 R26/19//60 NOSIG
UCFM 160230Z VRB01MPS 0100 R26/0250N FZFG VV001 M09/M10 Q1024 R26/19//60 NOSIG
UCFM 160200Z VRB01MPS 0150 R26/0375N FZFG VV001 M09/M11 Q1024 R26/19//60 TEMPO 0100 FZFG
UCFM 160130Z VRB01MPS 0150 R26/0550 FZFG VV001 M09/M10 Q1024 R26/19//60 NOSIG
UCFM 160100Z VRB01MPS 0050 R26/0300N FZFG VV001 M09/M10 Q1023 R26/19//60 NOSIG
UCFM 160030Z VRB01MPS 0100 R26/0375 FZFG VV001 M09/M11 Q1023 R26/19//60 NOSIG
UCFM 160000Z VRB01MPS 0100 R26/0400 FZFG VV002 M09/M10 Q1023 R26/19//60 NOSIG
UCFM 152330Z VRB01MPS 0100 R26/0450 FZFG VV002 M08/M09 Q1023 R26/19//60 NOSIG
UCFM 152300Z 00000MPS 0100 R26/0375 FZFG VV002 M08/M09 Q1023 R26/19//60 NOSIG
UCFM 152230Z VRB01MPS 0100 R26/0375 FZFG VV002 M08/M09 Q1024 R26/19//60 NOSIG
UCFM 152200Z VRB01MPS 0100 R26/0375 FZFG VV002 M08/M09 Q1024 R26/19//60 NOSIG
UCFM 152130Z VRB01MPS 0150 R26/0450 FZFG VV002 M08/M09 Q1024 R26/19//60 NOSIG
UCFM 152100Z VRB01MPS 0100 R26/0400N FZFG VV002 M08/M09 Q1024 R26/19//60 NOSIG
The Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC, also known as MAK) announced they are going to investigate the crash stating there were 32 fatalities (including the crew and victims on the ground) when the aircraft crashed into the residential area. Accident Investigators from the NTSB/USA (representing the designer and manufacturer of aircraft and engines) as well as from Turkey (representing the operator’s state and registry state of the aircraft) are going to join the investigation.
The investigators have also announced they have retrieved one of the two flight recorders, not letting know if it was the CVR (Cockpit Voice Recorder) or the FDR (Flight Data Recorder). The Government said rescue teams are searching for the second black box.