'At least 37 killed' as plane crashes in Kyrgyzstan village

The ACT cargo plane crashed into several houses as it attempted to land. Credit: PA

At least 37 people have been killed after a ACT Airlines cargo plane crashed near Kyrgyzstan's main international airport, according to emergency officials.

Most of the victims were local residents of a village, whose houses were struck by the Boeing 747 as it attempted to land at Manas Airport in dense fog on Monday morning, officials said.

The plane, which belonged to ACT Airlines, was making a scheduled stopover in Manas after leaving Hong Kong for Istanbul.

The presidential press office said the bodies of 31 people had been found along with the body fragments of nine bodies.

It was attempting to land when it crashed at 7.31am local time.

Some 15 buildings were damaged in the crash, according to the head of the crisis centre Mukhammed Svarov.

Rescue workers have so far recovered the body of a pilot and 15 villagers.

Turkish Airlines sent their condolences to the victims on their Twitter account.