Kyrgyz Mourn 68 Killed in Air Crash

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan — Flags flew at half-mast in Kyrgyzstan on Tuesday as the Central Asian state mourned the 65 people killed in a weekend air crash and medics struggled to identify the badly burned bodies.

Russian experts arrived in the former Soviet republic to help examine the flight data recorders for clues as to why the Tehran-bound Boeing 737-200 crashed late on Sunday.

"The 'black box' is intact, and the pilot is alive, so I think we will find out the actual reason for this tragedy soon," Kyrgyz Prime Minister Igor Chudinov was quoted as saying by the state news agency Kabar.

The Kyrgyz Health Ministry had only identified six of the bodies recovered so far from one of the worst air disasters in the country's history, the agency said.

Doctors said three of the 25 crash survivors were still in a critical but stable condition. Eleven Iranian survivors left Kyrgyz hospitals and flew home, the Iranian Embassy in Bishkek said.