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Friday 27 December 2019

Bek Air plane crashes near Almaty airport, Kazakhstan

A Fokker 100 of Bek Air has crashed just after taking off from Almaty - Kazakhstan's largest city - heading to Nur-Sultan, the nation's capital, previously named Astana earlier today.

The aircraft was carrying 95 passengers, according to the Kazakhstan Interior Ministry, along with five crew.  Whilst the cause is not yet known, it's understood the local weather conditions of thick fog and snow may have contributed to the crash.

Local media is reporting that at least 12 people have died in the crash with around 60 people being taken to hospital for treatment.  The flight is understood to have departed at 0721 local time, 0121 GMT, and according to Flightradar24 "the last signal was received in that same minute".  AlmatyAirport said the aircraft lost height at 0722 local before striking a concrete barrier and crashing into a two-storey building. There were no reports of fire upon impact,  news video from the scene can be found here.