10 Jan 2020 14:01

Commission sees icing as main possible cause of Fokker 100 crash near Almaty - tentative investigation results

NUR-SULTAN. Jan 10 (Interfax) - The commission investigating the crash of the Bek Air plane near Almaty is naming icing of the plane the main possible cause of the crash, Kazakh Deputy Prime Minister Roman Sklyar said.

"Icing of the aircraft is the main version of the crash, with regard to the studied meteorological information and the analysis of the data from the flight recorders," Sklyar said at a press conference in Nur-Sultan on Friday.

The Fokker 100 Bek Air plane, en route from Almaty to Nur-Sultan, crashed into a residential area after hitting a concrete structure and a two-storied building on December 27.

Twelve people, including the plane's captain, were killed and 67 people were injured in the crash, of whom 49 were hospitalized. There were 93 passengers and five crewmembers aboard the plane.

The Kazakh Interior Ministry is conducting a pre-trial investigation into the crash based on the article of the Kazakh Criminal Code dealing with violations of safety regulations in the operation of a transport vehicle.

Prime Minister Askar Mamin said earlier that the government commission investigating the crash should sum up the results of its work by January 10.