Bek Air Flight 2100
The accident aircraft in 2011 when flying for Contact Air with the registration D-AKFC
|Date||27 December 2019|
|Summary||Crashed into terrain on takeoff; under investigation|
|Site||Near Almaty International Airport, Almaty, Kazakhstan |
|Aircraft type||Fokker 100|
|IATA flight No.||Z92100|
|ICAO flight No.||BEK2100|
|Call sign||BEKAIR 2100|
|Flight origin||Almaty International Airport, Kazakhstan|
|Destination||Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport, Kazakhstan|
Bek Air Flight 2100 was a domestic passenger flight from Almaty to Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, operated by a Fokker 100 that crashed on 27 December 2019 while taking off from Almaty International Airport. There were 98 people on board – 93 passengers and 5 crew. Twelve people died in the crash, and 54 were injured. The local government started investigations the same day.
Aircraft and crew
The aircraft involved was a Fokker 100 built in 1996 which previously flew with Formosa Airlines, Mandarin Airlines, Contact Air, and OLT Express Germany, before joining the Bek Air fleet in 2013 as UP-F1007. The aircraft was leased to Kam Air in September 2016, then returned. The aircraft was also leased to Safi Airways in February 2017, returned to Bek Air, and finally leased to Air Djibouti in December 2018, before being returned again. The aircraft remained in service with Bek Air until the day of the accident, which destroyed it. The airworthiness certificate of the aircraft had been renewed on 22 May 2019.
The captain was 58-year-old Marat Ganievich Muratbaev and the first officer was 54-year-old Mirzhan Gaynulovich Muldakulov.
The aircraft crashed into a building just after takeoff from Almaty International Airport in Kazakhstan. The plane took off from runway 05R and lost altitude shortly afterwards; during take-off its tail was reported to have hit the runway twice. It reportedly turned to the right and hit a concrete perimeter fence, before impacting a two-storey building in a residential area, close to the perimeter track, at approximately 7:22 a.m. local time. The front of the aircraft broke away from the main fuselage, sustaining significant damage, and the tail broke off at the rear.
One of the survivors, businessman Aslan Nazarliev, stated he had seen ice on the wings. In a telephone conversation, he said, "The left-wing jolted really hard, I noticed that then jolted the right. And the plane began swinging as a boat." Nazarliev continued, "When we took off, the plane began to shake very hard and I knew it was going to fall ... All the people who stepped on the wing fell, because there was ice. I cannot say that [before taking off] the wings were not sprayed with antifreeze, but the fact is that there was ice." The temperature at the time was −12 °C (10 °F) and visibility was 1,000 metres (3,300 ft), with thick fog close to the scene.
The president of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, declared the following day, 28 December, a national day of mourning and said that "all those responsible will be severely punished in accordance with the law". Kazakh authorities suspended Bek Air's flight authorization after the accident.
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