BREAKING: 37 DEAD In Fiery Plane Crash- Here’s What We Know

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At least 37 people were killed when a plane crashed in a residential neighborhood just outside the main airport in Kyrgyzstan, Turkey destroying half of a village, the Emergency Situations Ministry said.

The Boeing 747 crashed at 7:40 a.m. local time while approaching Manas airport.

Footage from the scene showed the plane’s nose stuck inside a brick house and large chunks of debris scattered around, FOX reports. A dozen body bags were laid out in the yard of one home. A car parked nearby was mangled in the crash, and a refrigerator lay open.

The bodies of 15 victims, including five children, all of them Kyrgyz citizens, had been identified by Monday evening, the Kyrgyz government said on its website.

Another 15 people, including six children, were hospitalized in the disaster, according to the health ministry.

Kyrgyz Emergency Situations Minister Kubatbek Boronov said 23 out of the 43 houses in the village had been destroyed. Several dozen homes were near the fence surrounding the runway.

The cause of the crash was not immediately clear. Emergency Situations Minister Boronov told reporters that it was foggy at Manas when the plane came down but weather conditions were not critical.

One of the plane’s two flight recorders was recovered at the scene, according to the Kyrgyz prime minister’s office.

One of the pilots was seen staggering around the crash site after he “managed to climb out of the debris by himself.”

“I woke up because of a bright red light outside,” resident Baktygul Kurbatova, who was slightly injured, told local television. “I couldn’t understand what was happening. It turns out the ceiling and the walls were crashing on us. I was so scared but I managed to cover my son’s face with my hands so debris would not fall on him.”

One eyewitness saying it “killed entire families”.

The death toll is currently being reported as 37, though Kyrgyz doctors have said there are 31 dead bodies and nine body parts have been found, The Sun reports.

However it is not clear whether the body parts are part of the 31 bodies.

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.”

Our hearts and prayers go out to everyone involved.

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