Several killed after plane with 100 on board crashes in Kazakhstan

Saturday, 28 Dec, 2019

A Bek Airplane with 95 passengers and five crew members on board crashed near the city of Almaty in Kazakhstan on Friday shortly after taking off, killing at least 14 people, authorities in the Central Asian country said.

Officials at Almaty International Airport said the lack of fire helped save the lives of many passengers.

The capital Nur-Sultan, formerly known as Astana, was named after President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who declared the country's independence.

A Bek Air Fokker 100 medium-sized twin-turbofan jet airliner en route from Almaty to the Kazakh capital of Nur-Sultan with nearly 100 people on board crashed Friday morning, killing at least a dozen people and injuring dozens of others.

The Bek Air aircraft hit a fence and a two-story building after takeoff from Almaty International Airport. It was just like in the movies: people were howling, screaming, and crying.

Local authorities had earlier put the death toll at 15, but the Interior Ministry later revised the figure downward.

Another survivor identified as Aslan Nazaraliyev, a businessman, also told reporters that the plane started shaking while gaining altitude about two minutes after takeoff. There were 98 people onboard; initial reports indicate that at least 12 of them have not survived the accident. However, fog was present in the area, and AP reported that a passenger said the Bek Air plane's wings were covered in ice.

The plane crashed near Kazakhstan's Almaty airport.

In a tweet, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev expressed condolences to the families of the victims and warned that those responsible for the crash would face "severe punishment in accordance with the law". In January, Dana became a publishing editor, and on December 1 she headed the investigation department.

Presently, the company describes itself as Kazakhstan's first low-priced airline.

According to Wikipedia, the airline was founded in 1999 as a business jet operator and acquired its first F-100 in 2010 and had eight aircraft until the crash.

The plane involved in the crash was built in 1996, the government said, and its most recent flight certificate was issued in May 2019.