Death toll rises to 14, at least 35 injured in Kazakhstan plane crash

Airport authorities said the Bek Air aircraft lost altitude, hit a fence and finally crashed into a two-storey building during take-off from Almaty international airport. The plane lost height before striking a concrete barrier and finally crashed into the building, they added

A passenger plane with 100 people on board has crashed in Kazakhstan’s Almaty airport after it lost altitude.

The crash has left at least 14 people dead, confirmed local aviation authorities in the Central Asian nation. Out of 14, six have been identified as children. At least 35 people have also been injured in the plane crash.

Airport authorities said the Bek Air aircraft lost altitude, hit a fence and finally crashed into a two-storey building during take-off from Almaty international airport. The plane lost height before striking a concrete barrier and finally crashed into the building, they added.

Officials also confirmed that there were 95 passengers on the plane apart from five crew members.

A special commission will be set up to determine the cause of the crash.

The plane was heading for the capital, Nur-Sultan, and "lost altitude during takeoff and broke through a concrete fence" before hitting a small building, Kazakhstan's Civil Aviation Committee said in a statement.

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"Flight No Z2100 of Bek Air airline in the direction Almaty-Nur-Sultan lost its height during take-off and broke through a concrete fence. A collision with a two-storey building occurred. Rescue work began immediately. There was no fire," the Civil Aviation Committee of the Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development of Kazakhstan.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs said nine people had died in the crash. "According to preliminary information, nine people were killed, nine were injured, including six children," the report said.

The committee and Almaty airport said emergency services were working at the site to get survivors out. Several photos of the aftermath have appeared on social media as well.

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

Bek Air was founded 20 years ago to target VIP flight operations, as per the company's website. However, the company now labels itself as Kazakhstan's first low-cost airline and its fleet comprises seven Fokker-100 aircraft.

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