BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan – A cargo plane crashed Monday in a residential area just outside the main airport in Kyrgyzstan, killing at least 37 people, the Emergency Situations Ministry said on Monday. The Turkish Boeing 747 crashed just outside the Manas airport, south of the capital Bishkek, killing people in the residential area adjacent to the airport as well as those on the plane. Reports of the death toll on Monday ranged from 37 people according to emergency officials in the Central Asian nation, to 31 reported by the presidential press office which also said rescue teams had recovered parts of nine bodies. Fifteen people including six children have been hospitalized. Images from the scene showed the plane's nose stuck inside a brick house and large chunks of debris scattered around.
An EgyptAir plane that made an emergency landing Wednesday in Uzbekistan following a bomb threat resumed its flight and landed in Beijing, Egyptian officials said, the latest in a series of deadly or damaging air travel incidents involving Egypt. According to the officials, an anonymous caller telephoned security agents at the Cairo airport to say a bomb was on board EgyptAir Flight 955, which had 135 passengers and crew on board. Russian news agency RIA Novosti quoted an unnamed official with Uzbekistan Airways as saying the airport in Urgench was closed following the EgyptAir plane's emergency landing. Security has also been considerably tightened at Egypt's 20-plus airports since the Russian plane crash, with passengers now subjected to roughly the same security measures in force at major international airports.
Lightning on Tuesday night caused a power outage at Los Angeles International Airport and forced a plane to return to the airport after being struck by lightning, officials said. A lightning strike caused a brief power outage at Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday night, and a plan struck by lightning after takeoff from the airport was forced to return, airport officials said. Delta Flight 2432, bound for Seattle, landed safely at 8:08 p.m. local time, the officials said. No emergency was declared and no injuries were reported, an airport official told FOX 11 Los Angeles. The flight turned back out of caution, authorities said, according to Patch Los Angeles.