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The UK’s biggest airport transfer has been cancelled for the day as authorities investigate the cause of the deadly crash at an Istanbul airport.
A total of 29 passengers and five crew members died in the crash of a Boeing 737-800 at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport, with at least six others injured.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu tweeted a message of condolence to the families of the passengers and crew.
The British Airways flight to Dubai, BA’s first in four years, had departed from Istanbul at 9:15am and was scheduled to land at Dubai’s Kondogob International Airport (IATA: KOK).
However, as it left the airport, the plane experienced a problem and a ground crew from the British Airways Boeing 737 crashed, killing all 28 people on board.
There were a total of 14 bodies recovered and six of them were found on the runway, while the others were taken to the local morgue.
Boeing has confirmed that two of the deceased passengers were British Airways pilots, but the company has yet to provide further details about the two other British Airways crew members.
British Airways said the pilot was “a British Airways captain and a British Airways pilot”, while the second pilot was a flight engineer.
An investigation is ongoing into the cause and circumstances of the crash.
According to a statement on the airline’s website, British Airways has “regularly conducted safety checks on all passengers arriving and departing from KondOGOB Airport in Istanbul, as well as on the crew members in the aircraft, including the pilots”.
Boat operators in the UK have been advised to avoid the city of Istanbul.
“Our thoughts are with the families and loved ones of those on board of the aircraft who tragically lost their lives,” the airline said.
Airport Transfer Shcak, a Dubai-based travel agency, said the flight was on its way to Dubai when it suffered a problem.
It is not yet known how many passengers or crew were on board the plane.
However the company said the airline would be able to provide more information in the next 24 hours.
Kondogor International Airport, a former British naval base, is one of the busiest airports in the world, hosting international business, leisure and entertainment.
Shcak said the plane had been delayed by more than a week due to the crash and had now been diverted to Kondogi airport in Dubai.
Ataturk, the capital of Turkey, is about 25km (15 miles) from Istanbul and was popular with Turkish holidaymakers and business travellers.
Turkey has been on heightened alert after a spate of terrorist attacks on Turkish-American and Israeli targets in recent months.
Last month, a Turkish-Russian jet crashed into the Atlantic Ocean near the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, killing nearly 40 people.