Kazakhstan: At least 15 killed after plane with 100 on board crashes just after taking off in fog
A Bek Air plane with 100 on board crashed near the city of Almaty in Kazakhstan killing at least 15 people and injuring dozens in the Central Asian country.
The Fokker 100 aircraft, heading for the capital, Nur-Sultan, on a pre-dawn flight, “lost altitude during takeoff and broke through a concrete fence” before hitting a two-story building.
The plane took off at 7.05am local time and was due to arrive in the country’s capital by 8:40am.
A full list of the passengers published by Kazakhstan’s interior ministry said there were 85 adults, five children and three infants on board, not counting the crew.
At least 30 people have been hospitalized in serious condition. The airport published a list of 60 people who it said were receiving medical care.
Survivors of the crash pleaded for help on social media from the wreckage of the plane as they waited up to 20 minutes for help.
Passengers phoned emergency services and posted videos online.
A desperate woman who filmed the carnage said in the footage, ‘Bek Air… Crash… 20 minutes…Only this car just arrived…And some security car takes the (injured) kids away.
‘No more help. No ambulances… no paramedics’.
A survivor said that she heard a “terrifying sound” before the plane started losing altitude.
“The plane was flying with a tilt. Everything was like in a movie: Screaming, shouting, people crying,” she said.