Kazakhstan plane crash: Bek Air plane comes down near Almaty airport

At least 14 people have been killed after a plane with 98 people on board crashed in Kazakhstan, airport officials say.

They say the Bek Air aircraft went down shortly after taking off at Almaty airport on Friday morning local time, smashing into a building.

At least 60 injured people, including children, were taken to hospitals.

Flight Z92100 was en route from Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city, to the capital of Nur-Sultan.

A Reuters reporter close to the scene said there was heavy fog in the crash area but the cause of the crash is not yet known.

What’s known about the crash?
Almaty’s airport said there were 93 passengers and five crew on board.

It said the plane lost height at 07:22 local time (01:22 GMT), before striking a concrete barrier and crashing into a two-storey building. There was no fire upon impact.

The airport later published the list of 60 survivors who were being treated at hospitals.

Kazakhstan’s interior ministry said six children were among the dead, citing preliminary information.

The Flightradar24 aviation information website said the flight departed at 01:21 GMT, and “the last signal was received in that same minute”. It said Bek Air Flight Z92100 was a Fokker 100 plane.

Footage has emerged of rescuers working at the scene. In it, a woman can be heard calling for an ambulance and the cockpit of the plane is seen wedged into the side of the building.

What’s been the reaction?
A special commission will be set up to determine the cause of the crash.

Kazakhstan’s President Qasym-Jomart Toqayev expressed “deep condolences” to the victims’ relatives. He also said that “all those responsible will be severely punished in accordance with the law”.

What is known about Bek Air?
Bek Air was founded in 1999, initially targeting VIP flight operations, the company’s website says.

Nowadays, the company describes itself as Kazakhstan’s first low-cost airline.

Its fleet is made up of seven Fokker-100 aircraft.

 

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