Three Kazakhstan Citizens Die in Germanwings Crash

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed on March 25 that at least three of its citizens died in the Germanwings  A320 airliner crash in the French Alps on March 24.


Germanwings crash site in the French Alps.

The citizens were a family of three, including father Yerbol Imankulov, born in 1965; mother Aizhan Issengaliyeva, born in 1966; and Adil Imankulov, who was born in 1989.

Yerbol Imankulov was a director of the Tau-Ken Temir company, a subsidiary of the Samruk Kazyna Sovereign Wealth Fund, and managed a project to revitalise silicium production in the Karaganda region. His wife was a director at KazZinc-Aina, another mining company.

The Kazakh Foreign Ministry has expressed its deepest condolences to the relatives of the deceased and confirmed its readiness to provide them with any needed assistance in this tragic situation.

The ministry also announced that, according to German authorities, a woman by the name of Yelena Bless was also onboard the airliner and might have held Kazakhstan citizenship as well. The authorities are checking this information now, the statement from Kazakhstan’s Foreign Ministry said.

More than 150 people, including citizens of Germany, Spain and Turkey, died as a result of the crash of a Germanwings plane that was flying from Barcelona to Dusseldorf.

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