Kazakhstan aviation accident January 20 2020 - 6:40 PM

Kazakhstan says fleet of airline that crashed 'unsatisfactory' Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, Jan 20, 2020 (AFP) - Kazakhstan's civil aviation authority said Monday that an inspection of an airline suspended over a fatal crash in December had revealed an "unsatisfactory" fleet and a "series of violations." Budget domestic carrier Bek Air was suspended last month after 12 people died when a Fokker 100 craft crashed shortly after takeoff from the airport in Kazakhstan's largest city Almaty and slammed into a house. On Monday, the civil aviation authority said Bek Air had six months to prove itself airworthy and save its certificate to fly. The company had been "unable to control the maintenance of airworthiness of the air fleet through full and proper accounting", the authority said in a statement. "In general, the state of the fleet is assessed as unsatisfactory, which is expected, given the age of the aircraft," it added. The statement noted that Rolls Royce, the manufacturer of the engines for the Fokker 100, had never received any word from Bek Air about their maintenance. A state commission investigating the air crash said this month that it believed it could have been caused by the crew's failure to remove ice from the wings of the craft. The 27-year-old jet carrying nearly 100 passengers was torn apart and had its nose crushed on impact with a building. Many on board managed to walk away without serious injury. Bek Air has eight other active Fokker 100s of a similar age in its fleet. The Dutch-made model was last manufactured in the 1990s, before the company went bankrupt. Bek Air chief executive Nurlan Zhumasultanov said this month that the company would consider moving its fleet to a neighbouring country if authorities do not reinstate permission to fly. dr-cr/as/cdw ROLLS-ROYCE HOLDINGS

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