Bek Air plane crashes near Kazakhstan’s Almaty airport


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.

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.

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