The Bek Air plane was on a pre-dawn flight en route to the capital Nur Sultan when it lost altitude and crashed.
PHOTO BY KAZAKHSTAN MINISTRY OF INTERIOR
ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN – A plane carrying nearly 100 people crashed into a house shortly after takeoff near Almaty city in Kazakhstan on Friday (December 27), killing 12 people and injuring 66 others.
The Bek Air plane was on a pre-dawn flight en route to the capital Nur Sultan when it lost altitude, crashing through a concrete fence and into a two-storey house. There was thick fog in the area at the time of the crash.
“Before crashing, the aircraft touched the runway with its tail twice, the gear was retracted,” Deputy Prime Minister Roman Sklyar told reporters.
Kazakhstan’s Civil Aviation Committee said an investigation has been launched. The committee also said it was suspending all flights by Bek Air pending the results of the investigation.
A survivor told news website Tengrinews she heard a “terrifying sound” before the crash.
“The plane was flying at a tilt. Everything was like in a movie: screaming, shouting, people crying,” she said.
The plane was carrying 93 passengers and five crew members. The pilot was among those killed, according to the Interior Ministry. DAJ/Expat Media
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