Kazakh officials investigating causes of deadly plane crash

A passenger plane carrying almost 100 people crashed near the city of Almaty in Kazakhstan after take off, slamming into a house in an accident that killed 12 people and injured dozens.

A full list of passengers published by Kazakhstan's interior ministry indicated there were 85 adults, five children and three infants on board, while the airport confirmed there were five crew members on the Fokker 100 aircraft. In a post, the news website said that the editor, Dana Kruglova, was heading from Almaty to Nur-Sultan, the capital city, to celebrate New Year's. Picture: Vladimir Tretyakov/AP The Kazakhstan plane with 100 people aboard crashed shortly after takeoff early Friday.

Twelve people died after Bek Air flight No. Z2100 from Almaty to the capital crashed during take-off, 7:22 a.m., December 27, reported the Civil Aviation Committee press service.

In a tweet, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev expressed condolences to the families of the victims and warned that those responsible for the crash would face "severe punishment in accordance with the law".

Founded in 2011, Bek Air is a scheduled airline based at Almaty Airport (ALA) in Kazakhstan. No one was in the building at the time of the crash.

Almaty heathcare authorities initially put the death toll from the crash at 15 or more but later revised the figure down to 12. The plane's tail twice touched the runway as it was taking off, Mr. Sklyar said, according to Russia's Tass state news agency.

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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.

"There are survivors", the airport said.

Survivor Aslan Nazaraliyev said the plane began falling at an angle shortly after takeoff.

A special commission will be set up to ascertain the cause of the crash. Dozens more in Almaty lined up at a local blood bank to donate for the injured.

The aviation committee said it was suspending all flights of that type of aircraft pending an investigation.

Production on the Fokker 100 ceased in 1997, after the plane's Dutch manufacturer went into bankruptcy a year earlier. They all survived, Kazakh authorities said. The ban was lifted in 2016.

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