Plane carrying 100 people crashes near Almaty, Kazakhstan

Emergency Situations Ministry of the Republic of Kazakhstan police and rescuers work on the site of a plane crash near Almaty International Airport outside Almaty Kazakhstan Friday Dec. 27 2019. Almaty Internati

Kazakhstan: Plane crashes into a building with 100 people on board

At least 14 people died as a plane carrying 100 crashed in the city of Almaty in Kazakhstan on Friday morning, AFP reported.

The plane with 98 people on board apparently struggled to get off the ground, with its tail striking the runway twice during takeoff. The Fokker 100 aircraft collided with a two-story apartment building in the Almaty Region, Talgar micro district, between the Guldal and Almerek settlements. A statement from Bek Air offered no details about the crash, saying it was waiting for official information from government workers at the scene.

There was was a odd noise from the left side of the plane, he said, nearly like something shattering.

"A commission. will establish whether this was pilot error or technical issues", Sklyar said, according to Reuters.

The plane, with 93 passengers, including eight children, and five crew members, was en route to the nation's capital city, Nur-Sultan.

The committee said 66 people had been taken to hospital.

"The plane tilted to the left, then to the right, then it started shaking while still trying to gain altitude", businessman Aslan Nazaraliyev, who survived the crash, told Reuters.

Flight Radar 24, a site that tracks flights on Twitter, wrote, "Bek Air #Z92100 is a flight from Almaty to Nur-Sultan (formerly named Astana) in Kazakhstan".

The aircraft was identified as a Fokker-100, a medium-sized, twin-turbofan jet airliner.

A baby was pulled from the wreckage of the Bek Air plane crash.

The airport said there were survivors and emergency services were working at the site.

Temperatures dipped to minus 7 degrees Celsius (20 Fahrenheit) at Almaty airport on Friday, according to aviation website Flightstats.com.

Kazakhstan's president, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, declared Saturday a national day of mourning and ordered all entertainment events to be canceled across the country.

The Fokker 100 aircraft involved in the crash went into operation in 1996, according to the Kazakhstan Aviation Committee.

He pledged to provide families of victims with compensation and said that those responsible "will be severely punished in accordance with the law".

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