15 killed as Bek Air Fokker 100 crashes in Almaty

Almaty, Kazakhstan - A Bek Air Fokker 100 with 93 passengers and five crew members has crashed shortly after departure from Almaty.

The plane hit a building just beyond the end of the runway. Kazakh officials said 15 people were killed during the incident. Dozens of people are in the hospital.

The Bek Air Flight Z92100 was bound Kazakh capital Nur Sultan.

A female survivor told local media that she heard a “terrifying sound” before the plane started losing altitude.

The plane was flying with a tilt. Everything was like in a movie: screaming, shouting, people crying,

she said.


Bek Air is a Kazakh regional airline operating a fleet of eight Fokker 100s. The planes are set to be replaced from 2021 by Russia's new advanced mid-haul jet Irkut MC-21-300.

Kazakhstan's civil aviation authority ordered Kazakh operators to ground their Fokker 100 jets until there is more clarity about the cause of the accident.