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The tail of a crashed Turkish Boeing 747 cargo plane lies at a residential area outside Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. The cargo plane crashed Monday morning, killing people in the residential area adjacent to the Manas airport as well as those on the plane. (AP Photo/Vladimir Voronin)

A cargo plane crash in a Kyrgyzstan village killed dozens of people


A Turkish cargo plane crashed Monday in a village just outside Kyrgyzstan's main airport, killing at least 37 people on the ground and in the plane, according Kyrgyzstan's Emergency Situations Ministry.

A Boeing 747 crashed en route to the Manas airport south of the capital, Bishkek. 

Footage from the scene showed the plane's nose stuck inside a brick house. Fifteen homes were destroyed in the crash, CNN reports.

A cargo plane crash in a Kyrgyzstan village killed dozens of people

WATCH | Here's a look at the chaotic aftermath. 

I couldn't understand what was happening. It turns out the ceiling and the walls were crashing on us. I was so scared...
Baktygul Kurbatova, crash witness

The cause of the crash was not immediately made clear. Turkish Emergency Situations Minister Kubatbek Boronov said low visibility may have played a role.

Here's another look at the scene of the crash.

Boeing expressed its condolences in a statement. 

"Boeing extends its deepest condolences to the families of those who perished in the Turkish Airlines cargo Flight TK6491 accident near Manas Airport Kyrgyzstan, operated by ACT Airlines, as well as its wishes for the recovery of those injured," the plane manufacturer said. 

Turkish Airlines tweeted its condolences to the victims of the tragedy.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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