Pope Francis sends condolences after Kyrgyzstan plane crash
|A cargo plane crashed in a residential area outside Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan.- AP|
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent his condolences after a cargo plane crashed in a residential area outside Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. The Turkish plane was flying from Hong Kong, and was scheduled to stop at Manas Airport, before continuing to Istanbul.
At least 37 people were killed in the crash, most of them on the ground. Over half the houses in the small village next to the airport were reported destroyed in the accident.
The full text of the Message sent by Cardinal Pietro Parolin on behalf of Pope Francis is below.
Deeply saddened to learn of the tragic crash of a cargo plane near Bishkek, Pope Francis sends his condolences to all those who have lost loved ones, particularly in Manas, and commends the souls of the deceased to the mercy of Almighty God. In praying for the search and rescue efforts, His Holiness invokes upon the nation the divine blessings of strength and consolation.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin
Secretary of State