[Peter Paul Media] — A Bek Air passenger jet crashed Friday just after takeoff from Almaty International Airport in Kazakhstan, killing 12 people and sending dozens more to hospital, officials said.
Ninety-eight people were on board and Kazakhstan has confirmed that twelve people have died. Another 53 people were taken to local hospitals and 17 of them are in critical condition, a news release said.
Flight Z2100, operated by a Fokker 100, departed Almaty for Nur Sultan at 7:21 A.M. and quickly lost altitude. It crashed into a concrete wall one minute later, 1.8 kilometres from the runway.
Prime Minister Askar Mamin has instructed the Ministry of the Interior to conduct an investigation into the crash. Preliminary results of that investigation are expected on January 10, 2020, Prime Minister Mamin said. “The necessary financial assistance will also be provided to all victims,” he added.