Kyrgyzstan’s Jet Crashes While Landing, Dozens Injured

A Soviet-built jet operated by a Kyrgyz carrier broke its wing, overturned and caught fire Wednesday as it tried to land in deep fog in southern Kyrgyzstan, leaving 31 people injured, officials said.

The Soviet-built Tu-134 jet flew with 82 passengers from the capital Bishkek and while landing at the airport in the city of Osh, it met a minor accident, said a spokesperson of airline.

Emergency Situations Minister Kubatbek Boronov said that 31 people were injured, and 17 of them were hospitalized.

Rescuers quickly extinguished the fire and evacuated the jet immediately that was carrying 82 passengers and 6 crewmen.

Government officials did not explain the reason behind the crash. A team of official experts was made to inquire into the incident. This team led by the Kyrgyzstan’s prime minister was to fly to Osh to start a probe, but it had to postponed by dint of bad weather.

In recent years, Russia and other former Soviet nations have had some of the world’s worst air traffic safety records.

Experts explain possible reasons of jet crash such as poor maintenance of the aging aircraft, weak government controls, insufficient pilot training and a cost-cutting mentality.