At Least Nine Dead When Crashing Passenger Plane In Kazakhstan

Nur-Sultan, Dec. 27 (EFE) .- At least nine people died and as many were injured when a passenger plane crashed on Friday after taking off from the airport of the Kazakh city of Almaty, the Emergency Committee of the Ministry of Interior of Kazakhstan

"According to preliminary data, nine people were killed and nine others were injured, including six children," said spokesman for that entity, Nursultán Nurajmétov.

The device, a Fokker 100 belonging to the Kazakh company Bek Air with 100 people on board -95 passengers and five crew, crashed as soon as it took off.

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In his Twitter account, the president of Kazakhstan, Yomart-Kasim Tokáyev, expressed his condolences to the relatives of the fatalities and assured that "those responsible for the accident will be sanctioned according to the law."

The wrecked plane, which authorities said did not catch fire after the collision, made the Z2100 flight between Almaty, the largest city in the country, and Nur-Sultan, the Kazakh capital.

The Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure of Kazakhstan ordered the suspension of all flights of this type of aircraft until the causes of the accident are clarified. EFE

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