Media from around the world today reported on a Turkish Airlines B747 crash in Kyrgyzstan. They are only half way correct. It’s important to understand the crashed freighter B747 was leased and operated by ACT Airlines with a Turkish Airlines flight number.
ACT is operating as MyCargo Airlines. The company has been leasing freighters to numerous airlines, including Turkish, Saudia or Qatar Airways.
ACT issued this statement:
“Respectfully announced to the public,
ACT Airlines is deeply saddened to report that an accident happened during the flight from HongKong to Bishkek by Boeing 747-400 TC-MCL registered cargo aircraft at 01:20 Z. The cause of the accident is unknown at this time and further details will be provided as they become available.
ACT Airlines, a.k.a. ACT Havayollari, operating as MyCargo Airlines, is a Turkish cargo airline based in the Ekinci Residence Building Level 7, in Kurtköy, Istanbul, Turkey.
On January 16, 2017, Turkish Airlines Flight TK6491, a 747-400F operated by ACT Airlines, failed to reach the runway on landing in thick fog at Manas International Airport in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, crashed into a residential settlement and caught fire. At least 35 people died, including all four crew members.
The last accident before today’s deadly crash was recorded in 2010 in Afghanistan