Kyrgyzstan revises jet crash toll

Kyrgyzstan is holding a national day of mourning after 65 die in air crash.

    An Iranian survivor is treated in a Bishkek hospital [AFP]

    The Boeing-737 is thought to be locally owned but operating a service to Tehran on behalf of an Iranian carrier.

    Local officials say most of the passengers were either Iranian or Kyrgyz. Iran's ambassador to Kyrgyzstan told state television that 44 Iranians were among the dead and 12 Iranians had survived.

    Investigation

    The cause of the crash is still not known, but reports from the scene said the jet came down shortly after takeoff and may have been trying to make an emergency landing.

    The crew had reported a technical problem about 10 minutes into the flight, an airport official said.

    The US military has bases in the area to support its operations in Afghanistan and it sent rescue personnel and equipment to help deal with the disaster.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    How different voting systems work around the world

    How different voting systems work around the world

    Nearly two billion voters in 52 countries around the world will head to the polls this year to elect their leaders.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    The peace games: Dreaming big for South Sudan's youth

    The peace games: Dreaming big for South Sudan's youth

    A relatively new independence and fresh waves of conflict inspire a South Sudanese refugee to build antiwar video games.