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Fri Dec 27, 2019, 06:21 AM

At Least 12 Dead In Kazakh Plane Crash Near Almaty

ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- A Kazakh passenger plane with 95 travelers and five crew on board crashed after takeoff from Almaty airport early on December 27, killing at least 12 people.

Officials said 66 other people aboard the Bek Air flight, which was bound for the capital, Nur-Sultan, had been taken to local hospitals.


Aviation authorities said the aircraft "lost altitude during takeoff and broke through a concrete fence" before hitting a two-story building. The building was said to have been empty at the time of the crash.

A deputy prime minister, Roman Sklyar, later said the tail section appeared to have struck the runway twice on takeoff before the plane veered off course and struck the wall and building.


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