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At least 14 dead when jet with 100 people on board crashes after takeoff in Kazakhstan

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At least 14 dead after passenger jet with 100 people on board crashes into a building shortly after takeoff from Almaty Airport in Kazakhstan as terrified survivors call for help on social media and are forced to wait 20 minutes for emergency services

  • At least 14 people were reported dead and 60 survived after a passenger jet crashed after takeoff from an airport in Kazakhstan on Friday
  • The Bek Air aircraft with 100 on board left the airport at Almaty, Kazakhstan’s biggest city, on Friday morning local time
  • The plane was reported to have smashed through a concrete fence and then into a small building immediately after losing altitude
  • Authorities reported finding 35 survivors with injuries. People can be heard calling for help in videos of the crash site posted online
  • WARNING, GRAPHIC CONTENT 

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At least 14 people were killed and 60 survived, including some who waited 20 minutes for help and resorted to social media for aid, when a passenger jet crashed shortly after takeoff from an airport in Kazakhstan on Friday.

Bek Air flight Z2100 with 100 on board went down after leaving Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city, Friday morning.

The Fokker 100 jet took off at 7.05am local time and was due to arrive in the country’s capital of Nursultan by 8:40am. 

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At least nine people were reported dead after a passenger jet crashed after takeoff from an airport in Kazakhstan on Friday. The plane (pictured) was reported to have smashed through a concrete fence and then into a small, two-story building immediately after it lost altitude

At least nine people were reported dead after a passenger jet crashed after takeoff from an airport in Kazakhstan on Friday. The plane (pictured) was reported to have smashed through a concrete fence and then into a small, two-story building immediately after it lost altitude

Footage of the crash scene show the fuselage partially broken up in the ruins of the building struck by the aircraft

Footage of the crash scene show the fuselage partially broken up in the ruins of the building struck by the aircraft

Emergency and security personnel are seen where the nose of the airplane is partially sticking out of the small building that was struck in the crash

Emergency and security personnel are seen where the nose of the airplane is partially sticking out of the small building that was struck in the crash

A closer image of the nose of the plane shows the aircraft's nose after it finally came to stop, crashed into a two-story building

A closer image of the nose of the plane shows the aircraft’s nose after it finally came to stop, crashed into a two-story building

According to Kazakhstan’s civil aviation agency, the jet ‘lost altitude during takeoff and broke through a concrete fence’, before hitting a building. 

In a statement on its Facebook page, the airport said there was no fire and a rescue operation got underway immediately following the crash. 

Passengers who survived, however, took to social media to call for help and said no one had shown up at the crash site for 20 minutes.

Among the survivors were eight injured children who were rescued from the plane. A total 35 people were reported injured. Some 22 were reportedly were taken to area hospitals, including ten men, six women, and eight children, including two babies.

Accounts said 82 escaped alive from the mangled wreckage of the plane.

Footage of the crash scene show the fuselage partially broken up in the ruins of the building that was struck. 

People can be heard calling for help in videos of the crash site posted online. 

First responders search for survivors at a broken piece of fuselage of Bek Air flight Z2100

First responders search for survivors at a broken piece of fuselage of Bek Air flight Z2100

Plane wreckage and rubble from the two story building struck by Bek Air flight Z2100 are almost indistinguishable as first responders search for survivors of the crash

Plane wreckage and rubble from the two story building struck by Bek Air flight Z2100 are almost indistinguishable as first responders search for survivors of the crash

Some of the footage also shows what appear to be bodies in the wreckage.

Passenger Gulnara Koshenova said the aircraft had started to ‘gain height’ shortly after takeoff. 

‘Then there was a strong shake, and in the end the crash.

‘Everything began to shake and fall… there were screams…

‘Someone broke the emergency exit and we ran out’, 

Emergency service personnel have rushed to the scene to search through the rubble for survivors. 

Passengers who survived said they began phoning emergency services and posting videos.

At least one survivor claimed it wasn’t until 20 minutes later that a ‘Security’ vehicle arrived. 

The desperate woman filmed the carnage said reported: “Bek Air… Crash… 20 minutes…

“Only this car just arrived…

“And some security car takes the (injured) kids away.

“No more help. No ambulances… no paramedics.”

There were complaints at the time it took for ambulances to reach the scene.

 

Kazakhstan aviation authorities reportedly had grounded all Fokker 100 jets following the deadly crash.

The medium-sized, twin-turbofan jet airliner’s manufacturer went bankrupt in 1996 and the production of the Fokker-100 stopped the following year. 

The Almaty International Airport said a special commission is investigating the circumstances leading to the deadly incident. 

Bek Air flight Z2100 with 100 on board went down shortly after take off from the airport in Almaty, Kazakhstan's largest city, Friday morning. The crash site is show on the above locator map

Bek Air flight Z2100 with 100 on board went down shortly after take off from the airport in Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city, Friday morning. The crash site is show on the above locator map

President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev expressed his condolences to the friends and families of those killed in the crash, in a social medial post.

First responders search for survivors in the wreckage of the plane where it struck a small building after take off from the airport in Almaty, the largest city in Kazakhstan

First responders comb through the wreckage of the plane looking for survivors. The Bek Air flight crashed right after takeoff from the airport in Almaty through a concrete wall and into a  small building Friday morning

First responders search for survivors in the wreckage of the plane where it struck a small building after take off from the airport in Almaty, the largest city in Kazakhstan

‘All those injured will be rendered assistance. All those responsible will carry severe punishment in accordance with the law,’ Kaz Inform news agency quoted the president as saying in the Kazakh language.

An image of the wreckage posted in video footage by @Breaking911 on Twitter shows what appears to be a body in the wreckage

An image of the wreckage posted in video footage by @Breaking911 on Twitter shows what appears to be a body in the wreckage

An image from footage of the crash site shows what appear to be two bodies lying near the wreckage

An image from footage of the crash site shows what appear to be two bodies lying near the wreckage

Images of footage posted on social media of the crash site the fuselage broken in several pieces

Images of footage posted on social media of the crash site the fuselage broken in several pieces

At least 14 dead when jet with 100 people on board crashes after takeoff in Kazakhstan

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