Kazakhstan plane crash: Bek Air plane comes down near Almaty airport

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At least 12 dead after plane carrying 100 people crashes in Kazakhstan

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A passenger jet has crashed in Kazakhstan, killing at least 12 people but leaving dozens of survivors.

The Bek Air plane was flying from Almaty – Kazakhstan’s largest city – to the capital Nur-Sultan when it smashed into a building just after take-off.

The Fokker aircraft had 100 passengers and crew on board. Survivors described walking from the wreckage into the dark and snow.

Dozens are being treated in hospital. The cause of the crash is unclear.

A Reuters news agency reporter close to the scene said there was heavy fog at the time.

The interior ministry initially said 15 people had been killed, but it later published a list of victims that mentioned only 12 dead.

The plane crashed into a two-storey building, which was partly destroyed. EPA

A plane carrying 100 people crashed into a two-story building during takeoff in Kazakhstan, leaving at least 12 people dead, reports said.

The Bek Air aircraft was heading from Almaty International Airport to the country’s capital of Nursultan when it lost height around 7:22 a.m. Friday local time, the BBC reported.

The plane hit a concrete barrier before ramming into the building, Almaty airport officials said.

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In a statement on its Facebook page, the airport said there was no fire and a rescue operation got underway immediately following the crash.

Photos and videos of the wreckage showed the hollowed-out aircraft sitting amid the rubble of a brick house.

The cause of the crash will be investigated, officials said.

Rescuers work at the air crash site near Almaty, Kazakhstan. EPA

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