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Bek Air grounds all flights

A passenger jet run by airline Bek Air has crahsed in Kazakhstan with report suggesting over half the people on board have survived.

The Bek Air plane was flying from Almaty to Nur-Saltan when it crashed into a concrete wall and then smashed into a building just after take-off

The Fokker aircraft had 100 passengers and crew on board. Initial reports state that 12 perished in the crash. 60 survivors are being treated in hospital and reports of 15 fatalities have now been downgraded.

What’s known about the Bek Air plane crash

The Fokker 100 aircraft which crashed carried 95 passengers, eight of which were children. Five crew were on board the plane with the captain known to have died in the incident.

The Flightradar 24 website said that the flight departed at 01:21 GMT but reports suggest that air traffic control lost the aircraft immediately. Reports state the control tower advised the following plane that they did not know where the Fokker 100 had gone amidst heavy fog.

Reports from survivors

One survivor, businessman Asian Nazaraliyev told the BBC that the plane began vibrating violently after take-off. The front of the aircraft took the brunt of the crash. Mobile phones being used as torches so people could helps others to get clear of the plane crash.

Bek Air, who are they

Bek Air operate out of Kazakhstan utilising seven Fokker-100 aircraft. Described as Kazakhstan’s first low cost airline they were founded in 1999. The Fokker-100 itself is a medium sized twin-turbofan aircraft. The aircraft is designed for short-range flights.

First flown in 1986 Fokker, who went bankrupt in 1997, produced 283 Fokker-100 jets in total. Maintenance of these aircraft was covered by aircraft service firms and the aircraft remains a popular choice in it’s sector.

Flight Data recorders recovered

According to deputy prime minister, Roman Skylar, the flight data recorders were recovered. He has also confirmed that the Kazakh civil aviation committee are looking into the crash.

Collecting information about the aircraft’s maintenance schedule. checking for possible earlier incidents. Routine procedures will be followed including recovering the data from the black-box data recorders.

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