Bek Air Passenger Plane Crashes In Kazakhstan

Posted on December 27, 2019 by in Travel Deals, Travel News

A passenger plane carrying almost 100 people crashed moments after takeoff in Kazakhstan on Friday, killing at least 12 people and injuring more than 60 passengers. Bek Air flight Z9 2100 that was operated by Fokker 100 airplane went down shortly after takeoff in Almaty early Friday morning. The airplane was on-route to the capital Nur-Sultan. The jet’s tail also struck the runway twice during takeoff, indicating that it struggled to get off the ground and gain altitude.

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Bek Air is a Kazakh airline headquartered in Oral. Bek Air operates a fleet of eight Fokker 100s, which is the only type of jet they use. The Fokker 100 is a mid-sized, twin-engine jet. This type of jet has not been produced since 1996 when the company behind it went bankrupt.

The flight in question had about 98 people on board, including 93 passengers and five crew members. The carrier started the flight from Almaty’s runway 5R around 7:20 Friday morning. Immediately after take-off the plane failed to gain altitude and crashed breaking into several sections. Fifty-four people were reported hospitalized with injuries, at least 10 of them in critical condition. Unfortunately, the final number of injured passengers is still unclear. The cause of the crash is still unknown and an investigation has been launched to determine if the cause was due to pilot error or technical issues. Rescue operations began immediately, with 40 ambulance crews deployed to provide medical care, the Kazakhstan aviation committee said in a statement. Emergency responders at the scene could be seen evacuating passengers and crew members from the wreckage.

Kazakhstan has declared a national day of mourning on Saturday for the victims of the crash. The government has promised a full investigation. Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev also ordered safety inspections at all the country’s airlines following the crash.

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