Guest Posted December 27, 2019 Share Posted December 27, 2019 Bek Air plane crashes near Kazakhstan's Almaty airport Kazakhstan's aviation agency said at least 12 killed after plane, heading to Nur-Sultan, lost altitude during takeoff. 7 hours ago Emergency and security personnel are seen at the site of the plane crash near Almaty [Pavel Mikheyev/Reuters] MORE ON KAZAKHSTAN Kazakhstan energy: Drive to adopt greener, healthier sources2 days ago Kazakh president reshuffles gov't after pro-democracy protestslast week Russia denies intensifying attacks on civilians in Idlib2 weeks ago Kazakh president orders probe into China-linked transport project2 months ago At least 12 people have died after a Bek Air plane with almost 100 people on board crashed near the city of Almaty in Kazakhstan shortly after taking off. The Fokker 100 aircraft, heading for the capital, Nur-Sultan, on a pre-dawn flight on Friday, "lost altitude during takeoff and broke through a concrete fence" before hitting a two-storey building, Kazakhstan's Civil Aviation Committee said in a statement. More: At least 25 killed after plane crashes in DR Congo's Goma city Ethiopian Airlines plane crash: No survivors among 157 on board US: 9 killed, 3 injured in South Dakota plane crash In a statement posted on social media, Almaty International Airport also said 22 people suffered severe injuries and were taken to two hospitals. The Almaty healthcare department had earlier said that at least 15 people died. This figure was scaled down to 14 by government officials. The higher figure was the result of confusion on the ground, a spokeswoman for the department said. Flightradar24 ✔@flightradar24 Bek Air #Z92100 crashed shortly after takeoff from Almaty this morning. Preliminary ADS-B data is available at https://www.flightradar24.com/blog/bek-air-flight-z92100-crashes-shortly-after-take-off-from-almaty/ …. We are currently retrieving and processing granular ADS-B data for this flight. 623 9:12 PM - Dec 26, 2019 Twitter Ads info and privacy 544 people are talking about this A survivor told English-language news website Tengrinews she heard a "terrifying sound" before the plane started losing altitude. "The plane was flying with a tilt. Everything was like in a movie: Screaming, shouting, people crying," she said. Images posted on social media showed several rescue personnel digging through the wreckage of the Bek Air aircraft. A special commission is investigating the circumstances leading to the deadly incident, airport officials said. The crash site in Almerek village - just beyond the end of the runway - has been cordoned off. In a statement published on social media, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev expressed his condolences to the friends and families of those killed in the crash. "All those injured will be rendered assistance. All those responsible will carry severe punishment in accordance with the law," Kazinform news agency quoted the president as saying in the Kazakh language. The company manufacturing the aircraft went bankrupt in 1996 and the production of the Fokker 100 stopped the following year. All Bek Air and Fokker 100 flights in Kazakhstan have been suspended pending the investigation of the crash, the country's authorities said. All Bek Air and Fokker 100 flights in Kazakhstan have been suspended pending the investigation of the crash [Pavel Mikheyev/Reuters] Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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