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Plane Crash Leaves 14 Dead In Kazakhstan

At least 14 people have been killed after a plane with 98 people on board crashed in Kazakhstan, airport officials shave said.

According to officials,  a Bek Air aircraft went down shortly after taking off at Almaty airport on Friday morning local time, smashing into a building.

At least 60 injured people, including children, were taken to hospitals.

Flight Z92100 was en route from Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city, to the capital Nur-Sultan.

A Reuters reporter close to the scene said there was heavy fog in the crash area but the cause of the crash is not yet known.

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.

The airport said the plane lost height at 07:22 local time (01:22 GMT), before striking a concrete barrier and crashing into a two-storey building. There was no fire upon impact.

The airport later published the list of 60 survivors who were being treated at hospitals.

Maral Erman, one of the survivors, said the plane was shaking during take-off, Tengri News website reports.

She said it first felt as if the plane had landed, but in fact “we hit something”.

“There wasn’t much chaos on board. There were no screaming.” Ms Erman said the crew opened the exit for passengers to get out of the aircraft.

She added that she later saw the plane had “split in half”.

Kazakhstan’s interior ministry said six children were among the dead, citing preliminary information.

Kazakhstan’s President, Qasym-Jomart Toqayev, expressed “deep condolences” to the victims’ relatives. He also said that “all those responsible will be severely punished in accordance with the law”.

BBC

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