14 dead after plane crash in Kazakhstan

14 dead after plane crash in Kazakhstan

The cause of the crash is unclear.

A special commission will be set up to ascertain the cause of the crash.

He said part of the plane was crushed like "an aluminium can".

"It was clear the plane lost the balance". Then, he said, it started shaking violently and people on board started to panic, even as the craft continued to climb.

"I said, 'Guys, you should be happy you're alive, '" Mr. Nazaraliyev recalled. "I was scared for my children". Crew members tried to restart the left engine after it began to fail as the aircraft was climbing, said the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, which is investigating the incident. "It was falling apart, all these particles".

Nazaraliyev told Reuters that he had been seated beside an emergency exit in the 15th row, and that all the rows in front of him were shorn off as the plane split in half. It was dark. We were lighting with cell phone lights.

It appears from FlightRadar24 data that the F100 lost power seconds after take-off and only reached an altitude of 41ft before crashing. All of them are said to have survived. "Someone was crying. Lots of noise", he said. A month before that, 27 people were killed as a military plane crashed in the south of the country. The Almaty mayor's office said at least 22 of the injured were in critical condition.

Almaty International Airport posted on social media that there wasn't a fire in the wreckage and rescue efforts were immediately underway.

The plane, which was operated by the budget carrier Bek Air, was carrying 98 passengers, many of whom were able to away from the crash site in Kazakhstan's biggest city without serious injury. Dozens more in Almaty lined up at a local blood bank to donate for the injured. The Kazakh aviation committee has said it is suspending all flights of that type of aircraft pending an investigation. The Fokker 100 is a medium sized twin-turbofan jet often used for short haul flights. Its fleet is made up of seven Fokker-100 aircraft. He also ordered an audit of all Kazakh airlines.

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

Written by Sheena Goodyear with files from The Associated Press.

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