Plane Crashes near Kazakhstan’s Almaty airport, at least 9 dead

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A passenger plane with 100 people on board has crashed in Kazakhstan’s Almaty airport after it lost altitude, reported news agency Reuters.

The crash has left at least nine people dead, confirmed local aviation authorities in the Central Asian nation.

Airport authorities said the Bek Air aircraft lost altitude and crashed into a two storey building during take-off from Almaty international airport. The plane lost height before striking a concrete barrier and finally crashed into the building, they added.

Officials also confirmed that there were 95 passengers on the plane apart from five crew members.

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A special commission will be set up to determine the cause of the crash. The plane was heading for the capital, Nur-Sultan, and “lost altitude during takeoff and broke through a concrete fence” before hitting a small building, Kazakhstan’s Civil Aviation Committee said in a statement.

The Flightradar24 aviation information website said the flight departed at 01:21 GMT, and “the last signal was received in that same minute”. It said Bek Air Flight Z92100 was a Fokker 100 plane.

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