Plane Crash in Kazakhstan Kills At Least 12 People

By Anna Breuer on 27 December 2019
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A passenger jet with 98 people on board crashed Friday morning shortly after takeoff from Almaty International Airport in Kazakhstan.  At least 12 people were killed, Kazakh authorities said, while 48 were hospitalized.

Bek Air Flight 2100 was en route to Nur-Sultan when the Fokker 100 lost altitude and suddenly crashed into a two-story building near the Almaty airport, officials said.  The crash occurred at 7:22 a.m. local time – 19 seconds into the flight – and the aircraft had attained an altitude of 2,200’.

“The plane “lost altitude after takeoff and broke through a concrete fence,” officials said.

Bek Air is a Kazakhstan-based airline that was founded in 1999.  The airline has a fleet of ten Fokker 100s and one Airbus A340-300.  Almaty is the country’s largest city.

Authorities were looking into two possible causes of the crash, namely pilot error and technical failure, Kazakhstan’s deputy prime minister Roman Sklyar saidin a statement.

The 23-year-old aircraft carried 93 passengers and five crewmembers.  The aircraft, a medium-size twin-turbofan aircraft, seats 96 in coach and three in business class.  The Fokker 100 was registered as UP-F1007 and first flew in 1996 with Formosa Airlines.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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