İrem UZUN -TDO- At least 12 people have died after a Bek Air plane with almost 100 people on board crashed near the city of Almaty in Kazakhstan shortly after taking off, Kazakh officials said. Dozens of passengers were hospitalized after their plane crashed just minutes after take-off in Kazakhstan on Friday.
Flight number 2100 was scheduled to fly from Almaty, a city in southern Kazakhstan, to the capital Nur-Sultan. The Bek Air-operated aircraft took off at 7.21 am local time (2.21 am CET), according to airport authorities. The aircraft, a Fokker 100, disappeared from the radar a minute later. The alarm was raised at 7.25 am. The plane quickly lost altitude during take-off, broke through a concrete fence and hit a two-story building, the airport said. Kazakhstan's Deputy Prime Minister, Roman Sklyar, said there were two skid marks from the tail end of the plane on the runway, indicating it struggled to take-off. Those that died were mainly at the front of the aircraft, he added
Dozens are being treated in hospital. One survivor said the plane started shaking less than two minutes after takeoff. The cause of the crash is unclear. A Reuters news agency reporter close to the scene said there was heavy fog at the time. The airline announced it had suspended activities as well as the flights of its Fokker 100 type planes until the reason of the incident could be uncovered.