14 killed in Kazakhstan plane crash

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Thirty-five people injured on a plane carrying 100 as footage shows emergency services combing through rubble for survivors

A plane carrying 100 people has crashed at Almaty airport, in Kazakhstan, killing a minimum of 14 people.

On Friday morning Almaty airport said there have been survivors and emergency workers were on site. Footage from the scene of the accident seemed to show the plane had collided with a building.

The plane, flight number Z92100, was carrying 95 passengers and 5 crew. Emergency services searched the rubble within the immediate aftermath of the crash.

President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev pledged to supply families of the victims with compensation and tweeted that those responsible “will be severely punished in accordance with the law.”

Tokayev also said that a government commission had been found out to research the circumstances surrounding the tragedy.

The Bek Air flight was on the way from Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city, to the country’s capital of Nursultan.

It took off at 7.22 am civil time.

Kazakhstan’s Civil Aviation Committee said during a statement the aircraft “lost altitude during takeoff and broke through a concrete fence” before hitting a little building.

The committee said 14 people were killed and quite 35 injured.

A Reuters reporter traveling to the airport said there was thick fog within the area. Flight Radar 24 said at the time of takeoff there was fog and therefore the air temperature was -9C, with little or no wind.

Bek Air operates a fleet of Fokker 100 jets. The aviation committee said it had been suspending all flights of that sort of aircraft pending an investigation.

“Those responsible will face tough punishment in accordance with the law,” Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev tweeted, expressing condolences to the victims and their families.

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