Toll in Bek Air plane crash rises to 15; Fokker-100 aircraft with 98 on board crashed near Kazakhstan's Almaty International Airport

Almaty International Airport said nine people died on Friday in the crash of a Bek Air plane in Kazakhstan

The Associated Press December 27, 2019 11:58:30 IST
Toll in Bek Air plane crash rises to 15; Fokker-100 aircraft with 98 on board crashed near Kazakhstan's Almaty International Airport
  • Almaty International Airport said nine people died on Friday in the crash of a Bek Air plane in Kazakhstan

  • The aircraft had 100 passengers and crew abroad, and hit a concrete fence and a two-story building shortly after takeoff

  • The airport said the plane lost attitude at 7:22 am (0122 GMT)

A Kazakhstan plane with 98 people aboard has crashed shortly after takeoff early Friday, killing at least 15 people, officials in Almaty said. At least 66 others survived with injuries, 50 of them hospitalized.

The Bek Air aircraft hit a concrete fence and a two-story building after takeoff from Almaty International Airport. It lost attitude at 7:22 a.m. (0122 GMT), the airport said.

Toll in Bek Air plane crash rises to 15 Fokker100 aircraft with 98 on board crashed near Kazakhstans Almaty International Airport

File photo of Fokker-100 aircraft . AP

In a statement on its Facebook page, the airport said there was no fire and a rescue operation got underway immediately following the crash.

Around 1,000 people were working at the snow-covered site of the crash. The weather in Almaty was clear, with mild sub-zero temperature that is common at this time of the year.

Footage showed the front of the broken-up fuselage rammed a house and the rear of the plane lying in the field next to the airport.

The plane was flying to Nur-Sultan, the country's capital formerly known as Astana.

The aircraft was identified as a Fokker-100, a medium-sized, twin-turbofan jet airliner. 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.

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