New Delhi: A passenger plane of Bek Air airline with 100 onboard, including 5 crew members, has crashed into a two-story building, just after taking off from Almaty airport in Kazakhstan. According to preliminary data, at least 9 were killed on the spot. The toll now stands at 14.
A statement from a Kazakh ministry said the plane “lost height” at 7.22 AM and crashed during takeoff before crashing into a concrete fence and then a two-storey building. The plane was flying from Almaty to Nursultan.
Initial reports say it crashed in the Talgar region – although the airport press office says it was close to the airport.
Expressing condolence to the victims and their families, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev tweeted, “I express my deep condolences to the families and friends of the deceased citizens when the plane crashed near Almaty this morning, December 27. The victims will be helped. A government commission has been created led by A. Mamin. All those guilty will be severely punished in accordance with the law.”
Several photos and footages have emerged from the crash site. A special commission will be set up to determine the cause of the crash.
Kazakhstan has seen several plane crash incidents in the past. On 29 January 2013, a passenger plane travelling from the northern town of Kokshetau came down near Almaty, killing 20 people. On December 26 2012, a military plane carrying senior Kazakh security officials crashed in the south of the country, killing 27 people.