Kazakhstan: Plane crashes into a building with 100 people on board


Footage showed the front of the broken-up fuselage rammed against a building and the rear of the plane lying in the field next to the airport.

Rescue workers could be seen reaching into the windows of the shattered cock pit, as scores of emergency staff gathered at the site.

A survivor told the 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.

Almaty International Airport confirmed a special commission was investigating the incident in a statement issued on its Facebook page.

Another passenger Gulnara Koshenova said: "We started to gain height".

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Mr Sklyar said the plane's tail hit the runway twice during takeoff, indicating that it struggled to take off.

Roman Skylar, Kazakhstan's deputy prime minister, said authorities were looking at two possible scenarios: pilot error and technical failure.

At least 35 injured passengers were taken to hospitals, according to BBC.

Another 66 have been hospitalised, some in a grave condition, the Almaty mayor's office said.

"The news agency said: "(Her) trip had been uncertain, since she had work meetings planned in Almaty. "Dana was honest, courageous and objective at the same time. This is a awful loss for all of us", the website's editor wrote.

He cautioned, though, that the investigation was in the early stages and no cause had yet been pinpointed.

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The aircraft was identified as a Fokker-100, a medium-sized, twin-turbofan jet airliner.

Authorities grounded other Fokker 100 planes in the country. Bek Air's Fokker 100 fleet is over 27 years old. Following the accident, Kazakhstan's Civil Aviation Authority has suspended Bek Air's Air Operator's Certificate.

Temperatures dipped to -7C at Almaty airport on the day of the crash.

David Soucie, a former Federal Aviation Administration safety inspector based in Hawaii, told CNN that freezing conditions likely contributed.

"The airplane is pretty much a tank". "I went out, stepped on the wing, jumped, fell down. But at this point, my suspect would be weather being the biggest factor".

The Montreal Times reported that the dead might include six children. Mamin's office said the commission will report preliminary findings by January 10.

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Bek Air flies to 10 cities in Kazakhstan, a country about four times the size of Texas. The crash was the latest aviation tragedy to befall a former Soviet republic, a region plagued by a still-checkered safety record even as passenger numbers increase with the proliferation of low-priced carriers, such as Bek Air. The plane landed safely with no injuries reported.