Turkish Airlines Flight 6491

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Turkish Airlines Flight 6491
File:ACT Airlines Boeing 747-412F (TC-MCL) 11 January 2017.jpg
TC-MCL, the aircraft involved in the incident, photographed at Maastricht Aachen Airport on 11 January 2017, 5 days prior to the crash
Accident summary
Date 16 January 2017 (2017-01-16)
Summary Under investigation
Site residential area near Manas International Airport, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
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Crew 4
Injuries (non-fatal) At least 15 (on ground)
Fatalities 38 (all 4 on board; 34 on ground)
Survivors 0
Aircraft type Boeing 747-412F
Operator ACT Airlines on behalf of Turkish Airlines
Registration TC-MCL
Flight origin Hong Kong International Airport, Hong Kong
Stopover Manas International Airport, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Destination Istanbul Atatürk Airport, Istanbul, Turkey

Turkish Airlines Flight 6491 (TK6491/THY6491) was a scheduled international cargo flight operated by ACT Airlines, on behalf of Turkish Cargo, from Hong Kong to Istanbul via Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. At 7:31 a.m. local time on 16 January 2017, the Boeing 747-412F hit the ground amid thick fog while trying to land at its scheduled stopover at Manas International Airport in Bishkek.

At least 38 people were killed in the crash, including all four crew members and 34 residents of Dacha-SU, a residential area located approximately 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) to the west of the airport. At least 15 people on the ground were injured, including six children.

Aircraft

Turkish Airlines Flight 6491 is located in Asia
Hong Kong Int'l Airport
Hong Kong Int'l Airport
Manas Int'l Airport
Manas Int'l Airport
Istanbul Atatürk Airport
Istanbul Atatürk Airport
Location of airports on the flight route

The aircraft involved was a Boeing 747-400F, registered as TC-MCL and with manufacturer's serial number 32897.[1] The aircraft was originally delivered to Singapore Airlines Cargo and had flown a total of over 45,000 hours and 8,000 cycles as of June 2016. Its last C-check maintenance check had been completed on 6 November 2015.[2]

The aircraft belonged to Istanbul-based cargo company ACT Airlines[3] which had acquired the aircraft in 2015 and had begun operating it on behalf of Turkish Cargo.[2]

Accident

At 7:31 a.m. local time on 16 January 2017, the aircraft impacted the ground, near the end of runway 26 at Manas International Airport, amid thick fog.[4] Initially, it was reported that the plane had crashed during a second landing attempt.[5] Kyrgyz authorities later stated that the plane had crashed on its first landing attempt.[6]

At least 38 people were killed in the crash, including all four crew members and 34 residents of Dacha-SU, a residential area located approximately 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) to the west of the airport.[7][8][9][4] Among the dead were 17 children.[8] In addition, at least fifteen people on the ground were injured, including six children.[10][11] At least 23 houses were destroyed at the crash site.[9] Manas International Airport was closed, with all flights cancelled, following the accident.[12]

Immediate response

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The tail wreckage of Turkish Airlines Flight 6491

Deputy Prime Minister Mukhammetkalyi Abulgaziyev reported that, by late morning, more than 1,000 rescue workers were at the scene.[3] Minister of Health Talantbek Batyraliyev reported that by 11:46 a.m. local time, around 56 doctors and psychologists and 14 ambulance crews had been dispatched to the scene.[13]

A number of heads of state expressed condolences, including the presidents of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan,[14][15] as well as the Pope.[16]

17 January was declared a day of national mourning in Kyrgyzstan.[17]

Investigation

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The cargo plane crashed near the end of runway 26 at Manas Airport

The cause of the crash was not immediately clear. Kyrgyz Emergency Situations Minister, Kubatbek Boronov, stated that it was foggy at Manas when the plane crashed, but that weather conditions were not critical. By the afternoon of 16 January, one of the two flight recorders had been recovered.[18]

Deputy Prime Minister Abulgaziyev suggested that the cause may have been pilot error, noting that 11 aircraft had landed safely, despite the same weather conditions, in the previous day. He added that the aircraft had attempted to land twice and had damaged the landing lights at one stage.[13] The Turkish Transportation Ministry said it had sent two experts from its accident investigation board to Bishkek to assist Kyrgyz authorities.[3]

A Boeing technical team travelled to the accident site to provide assistance at the request and under the direction of the National Transportation Safety Board.[19]

Many initial press responses stated that a Turkish Airlines plane was involved in the accident. In response, Turkish Airlines released a statement on Twitter that neither the aircraft nor the crew were theirs, calling it an "ACT Airlines accident".[20] Nevertheless, the flight was operated under a Turkish Airlines flight number.

Aftermath

On 17 January, the Kyrgyz press reported that ACT Airlines had declared the intent to pay the victims compensation for all material and immaterial losses, citing a press release on the ACT Airlines web site.[21] The press release itself, however, stated only that losses were covered by insurance.[22]

See also

References

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  15. "Эрдоган соболезнует Атамбаеву в связи с авиакатастрофой - СМИ" [Erdoǧan expresses condolences to Atambaev regarding the air catastrophe, according to media]. Vestnik Kavkaza (in русский). 16 January 2017. Retrieved 17 January 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  21. Li, Natalya (17 January 2017). "АСТ Airlines выплатит компенсации всем пострадавшим в крушении Боинга" [ACT Airlines will pay a compensation to all victims of the Boeing crash] (in русский). Vecherniy Bishkek. Retrieved 17 January 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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