Bek Air Plane Crashes Near Almaty Airport In Kazakhstan

A Bel Air passenger plane has crashed in Kazakhstan, killing at least 12 people and several dozens injured.

The jet plane took off within Kazakhstan from Almaty to the capital Nur-Sultan when it crashed into a building just after take-off.

There were 100 passengers, including eight children and five crew on board. About 60 survivors are being treated in hospital after walking from the wreckage into the dark and snow after reports of heavy fog before take-off.

The flight is believed to have departed at 01:21 GMT, and “the last signal was received in that same minute”.

The airport 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 death toll stands at 12, including the captain. One of the survivors, said the plane was shaking during take-off, she said it first felt as if the plane had landed, but in fact they had hit a concrete barrier and the cockpit wedged into the side of a two storey building.

All current flights of Bek Air are cancelled although Almaty’s airport said it was operating normally and the flight schedule was unaffected.

A special commission will be set up to determine the cause of the crash. Kazakhstan’s President Qasym-Jomart Toqayev has declared a day of national mourning on Friday.

He expressed his “deep condolences” to relatives and said “all those responsible will be severely punished in accordance with the law”.

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