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Russia ready to assist Kyrgyzstan in establishing causes of Turkish Boeing crash

January 16, 11:18 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The Interstate Aviation Committee members will be ready to travel to the crash site after an official request is received

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MOSCOW, January 16. /TASS/. The Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) is ready to assist Kyrgyzstan’s authorities in establishing the causes of the Turkish cargo Boeing crash and form a special investigation commission, Committee spokeswoman Svetlana Kolesnikova told TASS.

"We are ready to provide assistance to Kyrgyzstan. After we receive an official request from the Kyrgyz authorities, a special commission will be formed to investigate into the causes of the crash," she said.

According to the spokesperson, the IAC commission members will be ready to travel to the crash site after an official request is received. "If all official documents are received, then the commission members are likely to depart for Kyrgyzstan today," Kolesnikova added.

She also said that representatives of the IAC and Kyrgyz government had already reached verbal agreements during telephone talks.

On Monday morning, a cargo Boeing-747 aircraft, belonging to the Turkish ACT Airlines, crashed onto a suburban settlement near the Manas airport outside Kyrgyzstan’s capital of Bishkek. The crash killed 37 people, including crew members, 11 injured have been hospitalized. A total of 15 residential dwellings were destroyed in the settlement while 32 one-storey houses were damaged.

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