UPDATE: Probe into MyCargo Airlines crash in Kyrgyzstan begins; no clear evidence yet
Jan 17, 2017: The TC-MCL registered, Boeing 747-400 Freighter owned by MyCargo Airlines, was on its route from Hong Kong to Bishkek when it crashed over Kyrgyz airspace approaching Bishkek-Manas Airport on January 16, 2017 at 1:20 GMT time (4:20 am Turkish time).
The initial findings tell that the reason of the related accident is not caused by technical or loading related factors.
The company will share the actual reason of the incident with the public after the inspection of aircraft and the place where the accident happened.
“Due to the fact that the aircraft crashed into the edge of a residential area, 33 civil people passed away along our 4 crew members, according to the first information we received. We want to express our deepest thoughts and condolences to the families of our crew members and the Kyrgyz people,” said the company.
“There is no clear and confirmed information about the reasons for the incident yet. Our company has commissioned two captain pilots at Manas Airport to investigate the accident together with authorities. Furthermore, our technic staff is on their way to the site. Also the investigation has started by both, Kyrgyz and Turkish Ministries of Transport and Communication and the General Directorate of Civil Aviation,” adds the company.
“We are in constant contact with the Ministry of Transport and General Directorate of Civil Aviation, Turkish Embassy in Bishkek-Kyrgyzstan, Airport Authority and Kyrgyzstan Civil Aviation Authority. Clear and confirmed information about the accident will be shared with the public when available,” said the company through a statement.
The flight with the cargo from Hong Kong to Bishkek-Istanbul was airborne as planned, after all the checks were carried out, and was on the way approaching Bishkek Airport without encountering any setback or problems during the flight.
The crew rested for 69 hours in Hong Kong before the related flight and checked out for the flight to complete the 6-hour flight from Hong Kong to Bishkek. The airplane was lifted with a planned total of 85,618 kg "general cargo" load safely. There are no faults recorded in the technical log book of the aircraft.
The crashed aircraft was manufactured in 2003 and with a cargo capacity of 116,462 kg. As of December 10, 2015, it was in the fleet of ACT Airlines. Maintenance of the related aircraft was carried on in timely manner and according to the aviation standards like the other aircrafts in our fleet.
All losses including life and property occurred in the accident is under coverage of insurance.
“Because of the accident, as ACT Airlines, once again we condole with the mourning people that lost their relatives, Kyrgyz people and Turkish Civil Aviation; and we sincerely share their grief,” concludes the airline company.