ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) — A Kazakhstan plane with 98 people aboard crashed shortly after takeoff early Friday, December 27, killing at least 12 people, and hospitalizing another 49.
The Bel Air plane was flying from Almaty — Kazakhstan’s largest city — to the capital Nur-Sultan when it smashed into a building just after take-off.
98 passengers we on-board, including eight children and five crew, the interior ministry said.
Survivors described walking from the wreckage into the dark and snow.
Although the official cause of the crash remains unclear, a Reuters reporter close to the scene said there was heavy fog at the time, and photos have since been released revealing deep snow piled up on/alongside the runway.
The Flightradar24 information website said the flight departed at 01:21 GMT, and “the last signal was received in that same minute”.
The airport said the plane lost height at 07:22 local time (01:22 GMT), before striking a concrete barrier and crashing into a two-storey building.
There has reportedly been conflicting information about the death toll and even the number of souls on-board. The interior ministry initially said 15 people had been killed, but it later published a list of victims that mentioned only 12 dead — including the captain, reports the BBC.
Stay tuned for updates.
Heavy Snow Strands 55 Vehicles in Pavlodar, Kazakhstan
As reported by Kazinform, members of Pavlodar’s Emergency Department were called to assist tens of motorists trapped by ice and snow on Christmas day.
According to reports, a severe blizzard swept through the region on Christmas morning, stranding at least 55 trucks, buses and motorcars on a highway located near the village of Bosshakol, Kazakhstan.
Stranded drivers were urged to evacuate their trapped vehicles, but most refused, according to reports.
Fortunately, no fatalities were reported, and the pass has since been cleared.
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