At least 15 people killed in plane crash in Kazakhstan


The death toll in the Bek Air plane crash near Almaty has climbed to 15, the media reported on Friday, APA reports citing TASS.

Earlier, Almaty's city administration said that 14 people were killed in the crash.​​​​​

There were 95 passengers and five crewmembers onboard the plane.

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Death toll in Almaty plane crash rises to 14, at least 35 more injured, APA reports citing Sputnik.

The crash occurred near the Kazakh city of Almaty. The city airport said in a Facebook post some people have survived the accident.

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The crash occurred near the Kazakh city of Almaty. The city airport said in a Facebook post some people have survived the accident.

A plane belonging to Bek Air company with 100 people aboard has crashed near the city of Almaty, Kazakhstan, the city airport reported on Friday.

Nine people died in the crash, nine more were injured, including six children, the authorities said.

The Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure initially reported that at least seven people had been killed in the incident.

According to the ministry, the aircraft lost altitude after take-off and crashed into a two-story building at 7:22 a.m. local time (01:22 GMT).

There were 95 passengers and 5 crew members on board.

The plane was travelling from Almaty to the Kazakh capital Nur-Sultan but disappeared from radars.

The Kazakh government has created a special commission to investigate the incident and suspended flights of Fokker-100 planes following the crash.

"The commission is heading for the crash site. All the details and causes [of the crash] will be found. Until the circumstances of the incident are clarified, all flights of planes of this type will be suspended", Kazakhstan's Ministry of Industry and Infrastructural Development added.

The Bek Air airline uses Fokker-100 planes for flights from Almaty to Nur-Sultan.

The plane crashed in a residential area, people are being evacuated.

The president of Kazakhstan has expressed condolences to the families of the victims and vowed to punish those guilty.

There is no fire at the scene. Rescue, medical and law enforcement services are working at the site.

Photos and videos from the scene have been shared on social media.

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