Twelve folks were killed and dozens wounded when a plane with almost 100 passengers and crew on board crashed soon after lift-off in Kazakhstan Friday.
The Bek Air Fokker 100 got into trouble soon after leaving from Almaty, the Central Asian nation’s commercial hub, on a pre-dawn flight to the capital Nur-Sultan.
It lost altitude during take-off and broke through a concrete fence before colliding into a two-story building, Kazakhstan’s Civil Aviation Committee stated. It was not instantly clear what caused the collision.
A reporter noticed the battered remains of the front of the airplane and other components of the fuselage dispersed around what was left of the house.
One of the survivors told news portal Tengrinews she heard a “terrifying sound” before the aircraft began losing altitude.
“The airplane was flying at a tilt. It was like in a film: screaming, shouting, people crying,” she mentioned.
Authorities initially put the death toll at 15 or more; however, later revised the figure to 12. They mentioned 49 individuals had been in hospitals, a few of them in a critical condition.
The airplane was carrying 93 passengers and five crew, and the interior ministry stated the captain was among the dead.
The ministry stated it was reviewing a possible violation of flight operation and security guidelines, a standard legal course.
Kazakhstan’s aviation committee stated it was halting all flights by carrier Bek Air and those of Fokker 100 plane pending the outcomes of the investigation.
Nazaraliyev stated he had been seated after an emergency exit in row 15, and all of the rows in entrance of him have been torn off when the aircraft broke in half on effect.