Egypt offers condolences over Kazakhstan’s plane crash

MENA , Saturday 28 Dec 2019

Foreign Ministry
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry (photo: Ahram)

Egypt has sent its sincerest condolences to the victims of a plane that crashed in Kazakhstan with almost 100 on board.

The Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Saturday that Cairo backs Kazakhstan and extends the condolences of Egyptian people and government to their counterparts of Kazakhstan and the families of the victims, wishing the wounded people speedy recovery. 

At least 15 people have died after a plane carrying 93 passengers and five crew members crashed shortly after takeoff near the city of Almaty in Kazakhstan on Friday morning.

The plane "lost altitude after takeoff and broke through a concrete fence," before colliding with a two-story building at approximately 7:22 a.m., local time, according to the Almaty airport authority.

Flight Z2100, a Fokker 100 aircraft operated by Kazakhstan-based carrier Bek Air, was scheduled to fly from Almaty, the country's largest city, to the capital Nur-Sultan.

Kazakh national media, citing the Almaty public healthcare department, said at least 15 people had been killed in the crash, and 50 people, including at least six children, had been taken to nearby hospitals for treatment with various degrees of injuries.

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