Plane With 100 People on Board Crashes in Kazakhstan

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9 killed, 35 hurt in Kazakhstan plane crash – Officials

9 people were declared dead by Officials after a Dutch-made Aircraft crashes minutes after taking off from Almaty airport in Kazakhstan.

The Aircraft operated by Bek Air, a local Airline had 95 passengers and five crew members on board. The plane lost altitude shortly after taking off from Almaty and, according to Kazinform, the aircraft ‘fell off the radar’, hit a barrier and then crashed into a building. The death toll of 9 people was confirmed by the city administration of Almaty with at least sixty injured, 17 of whom are in serious condition. The plane was bound for Nursultan, the old Astana capital of Kazakhstan. The accident happened at 7.22 local time.

According to the list of victims published by The Emergency Committee, 8 people died on impact, two died while they were being treated at the airport and two more in the hospital.

Bek Air, which operates a fleet of Fokker 100 jets, said in a statement it was awaiting official information from the investigators working at the crash site.

A survivor, businessman Aslan Nazaraliyev, told the Vremya newspaper the plane started shaking while gaining altitude about two minutes after takeoff.

“At some point, we started falling, not vertically, but at an angle. It seemed like control over the plane was lost,” he said.

Kazakhstan’s president, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, proclaimed a day of national mourning for tomorrow and announced the creation of a government commission to shed light on the causes of the plane crash.

The president sent condolences “to friends and families” of the victims “of the tragedy”, ensuring “assistance to all the injured” and promising that “all those responsible will be punished severely under the law”.

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