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Boeing 737-219 Plane crash, [6895]

24 August 2008

Iran Aseman Airlines Flight 6895, a charter flight an Itek Air Boeing 737-219 Advanced (registered as EX-009), crashed near Manas International Airport in Kyrgyzstan while en route to Imam Khomeini International Airport, Tehran, Iranon on the 24 August 2008 (at 20:30 local time) . It crashed while returning to the airport of origin after experiencing technical difficulties. Shortly after take off there were reports that members of the crew reported "technical issues" with the plane and that within 10 minutes the crew reported a severe loss of cabin pressure. When they attempted to make an emergency landing, the aircraft crashed approximately 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) from the airport runway and burst into flames. Ambulances and fire apparatus with firefighters and medical personnel from the United States Air Force's base at the airport were dispatched in response to a request for assistance.

There were 90 people on board (83 passengers and 7 crew) of whom 68 died. At least 22 are reported to have survived, including 2 crew members.Some of the victims included ten members of a Bishkek high school sports team.

Investigation of this incident is ongoing as of August 31, 2008. The mechanisms of the tape recorder and the tape media in the voice recorder from the cockpit were found in a damaged condition.

The Interstate Aviation Committee (MAK) is still attempting to retrieve data from the flight-data, the MAK is attempting to read the data from the damaged media and as of yet the MAK have not drawn any conclusions.

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