Plane With 100 Passengers On Board Crashes Near Kazakhstan Airport
A Bek Air flight carrying around 100 people onboard, has gone down near Almaty airport in Kazakhstan.
Almaty Airport, the nation's largest international airport, said in a statement that at least 12 people had so far been confirmed dead in the crash and dozens more injured.
"There are survivors," the airport said in a statement posted on Facebook.
The plane had just taken off from the airport en route to the capital Nur-Sultan when the crash occurred just outside the airfield at 7:22 on Friday morning local time.
It's believed the plane lost height and struck a concrete fence before colliding with a two-storey house.
"There was no fire," the statement said. "The rescue work began immediately."
Passengers and crew who survived the crash were being evacuated.
Video from the crash site shows the plane severed in places among the building rubble and snow.
Dozens of emergency services personnel can be seen trying to get into the plane wreckage to rescue survivors.
It's not yet clear what caused the crash, but authorities said a special commission will be launched to investigate.
“Before crashing, the aircraft touched the runway with its tail twice, the gear was retracted,” Deputy Prime Minister Roman Sklyar told reporters.
A survivor told news website Tengrinews she heard a “terrifying sound” before the plane started losing altitude.
“The plane was flying at a tilt. Everything was like in a movie: screaming, shouting, people crying,” she said.
Bek Air is a Kazakhstani airline that has been operating since 2001.
The plane involved in the crash was built in 1996, the government said, and its most recent flight certificate was issued in May 2019.