Turkish cargo jet crashes into Kyrgyzstan village, killing 37

Rescue teams are seen are seen at the crash site of a Turkish cargo jet near Kyrgyzstan's Manas airport outside Bishkek
Rescue teams are seen are seen at the crash site
A Turkish cargo jet has crashed in Kyrgyzstan, killing at least four pilots and dozens of people on the ground.
Most of the victims are believed to be residents of the village of Dacha-Suu, where the Boeing 747 came down in dense fog near Manas airport.
The plane, which was carrying at least four pilots, crashed as it tried to land at around 7.30am local time (1.30am UK time) in an area south of the capital Bishkek.
An official has said pilot error was to blame for the crash.
Mukhammed Svarov, head of the crisis management centre at the Kyrgyzstan emergencies ministry, said the plane ploughed through the village for several hundred metres, damaging 15 buildings.
“The damage to infrastructure in the village is significant,” he said, adding that the number of dead “could be bigger” than the 37 fatalities confirmed so far.
“The plane crashed into the houses, it killed entire families,” a witness told AFP.
“There’s nothing left of the houses, people were killed with their whole family, their children. Many people were sleeping.”
Pictures from the scene showed the nose of the plane stuck inside a house with large fragments of debris scattered around.
Several dozen homes are clustered around the metal fences that separate the runway from the residential area.
Residents in the area said they initially thought an earthquake had hit.
The emergency services ministry said one pilot’s body had yet to be found.
Fifteen people, six of them children, have been taken to hospital.
The plane came down near the capital Bishkek
The plane came down near the capital Bishkek
Airport officials said the jet had been due to make a stopover at Manas on its way from Hong Kong to Istanbul.
It identified the plane as a Turkish Airlines Boeing 747-400, but the company said it belonged to another Turkish firm, ACT Airlines.
“Our condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives in the tragic incident involving an ACT Airlines aircraft in Kyrgyzstan,” Turkish Airlines said on its Twitter account.
ACT said in a statement: “Our TC-MCL signed plane, flying on 16 January from Hong Kong to Bishkek, crashed on landing at Bishkek at the end of the runway for an unknown reason.”
Manas has been expanded considerably since the US started to operate a military installation at the airport, using it primarily for its operations in Afghanistan.
Courtesy of Sky News



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Severe Snow Storms Causes Havoc In Japan

Women in kimono walk amid heavy snow to attend a Coming-of-Age ceremony at Sanjusangendo Hall in Kyoto on Sunday. | KYODO
A wide swath of the Sea of Japan coast was hit by heavy snow Sunday as a strong wintry air mass gripped much of the Japanese archipelago, snarling traffic and hampering the unified university entrance exams.
The Meteorological Agency warned that the snow would continue and be accompanied by blizzards, disrupting traffic mainly along Sea of Japan coastal areas stretching from northern to western Japan through Monday.
All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines canceled 56 and 12 flights, respectively, due to snow and strong winds, affecting over 3,100 passengers.
Bullet trains on some sections of the Tokaido and Sanyo shinkansen lines were forced to reduce speed, Central Japan Railway Co. and West Japan Railway Co. said.
Weather-induced chaos also forced the operator of the unified entrance exam for national and public universities to delay the start of the day’s testing by an hour at 12 venues in Aichi, Mie, Kyoto, Hyogo and Hiroshima prefectures. The test is also used by certain private universities.
This year saw 575,967 students apply for the exam, 12,000 more than last year.
Strong winds were forecast across much of northern and western Japan, while high waves were expected in some offshore areas.
At Sanjusangendo Hall in Kyoto, about 2,000 young adults who turn 20 this year participated in a traditional Coming-of-Age ceremony amid heavy snow, where they shot arrows at targets 60 meters away.
“The snow is very beautiful, but I couldn’t shoot the arrow as usual because it’s too cold,” said participant Akari Tsuyama, a 20-year-old student at Doshiha University in Kyoto.
The mercury plunged below zero in a number of areas nationwide, including in Oshu, Iwate Prefecture, which matched its record-low of minus 16.5 degrees.
Downtown Tokyo logged minus 2.3, while Nagoya plummeted to minus 3.6 and Osaka fell to minus 0.6.
In Tohoku, up to 2.56 meters of snow had fallen in the city of Aomori by Sunday morning, while the village of village of Okura, Yamagata Prefecture, was blanketed by 2.41 meters.
The town of Tsunan, Niigata Prefecture, had reported 1.75 meters of snowfall by Sunday morning.
Up to 80 cm of snow was forecast for the 24-hour period through 6 a.m. Monday in the Hokuriku area and the Kanto-Koshin area, while 70 cm was forecast for Tohoku and 60 cm in the Tokai region and in Hokkaido.
The Chugoku and Kinki regions were expected to see up to 50 cm and 40 cm of accumulation, respectively.
Courtesy of japantimes.co.jp

British tourists hurt in New Zealand bus crash

The bus crashed down an embankment and in to a steam
The bus crashed down an embankment and in to a steam
Fifteen people have been hurt, four seriously, in a bus crash in New Zealand.
The vehicle, which was carrying mainly British and American tourists in their 60s, crashed in a national park in the middle of North Island.
The bus slid 10 metres down a bank and ended up partially submerged in a stream in the Tongariro Forest Park.
Emergency workers had to free one woman who was trapped in the wreckage.
Recovery teams later dragged the bus out of the stream
Recovery teams later dragged the bus out of the stream
Two rescue helicopters were brought in to carry the most seriously injured to hospital in Palmerston North.
Most of the passengers suffered minor injuries are were taken to Taupo hospital by road.
The bus involved was operated by tour company Moa Trek.
In a statement company director Miles Clark said: “We are very sorry that this has occurred on one of our tours and we are working hard to ensure we do whatever we can to support our team member (driver) and our passengers.
“The immediate priority is the health and welfare of those injured and needing the most attention.”
Images from inside the bus show seats were flung around in the crash
Images from inside the bus show seats were flung around in the crash
Police say it was raining and there were thick clouds at the time of the crash but they are still investigating the cause.
Senior constable Mark Shivers said: “Part of every investigation includes the driver, the vehicle and the roads and roadsides, and the weather, and everything will be taken into consideration.”
Courtesy of Sky News