Bek Air plane with 100 onboard crashes in Kazakhstan, many dead

Twelve people are confirmed dead.
Twelve people are confirmed dead. Photo credit: Reuters

A Bek Air plane with 95 passengers and five crew members on board has crashed near the city of Almaty in Kazakhstan, killing at least 12 people, authorities in the Central Asian country say.

The Fokker 100 aircraft was on Friday heading for the capital, Nur-Sultan, and "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.

According to the Emergencies Committee, at least 12 people were killed. The government and Almaty airport said emergency services were working at the site to get survivors out.

A Reuters reporter travelling to the airport said there was thick fog in the area.

Photographs from the crash site published by media showed the damaged plane with large cracks in its body next to a house half-demolished by the impact.

Kazakh carrier Bek Air, which operates a fleet of Fokker 100 jets, could not be immediately reached for comment.

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