Plane crashes in Kazakhstan; 15 killed, 66 hurt among 98 on-board

The Bek Air aircraft hit a concrete fence and a two-story building after takeoff from Almaty International Airport. It said the plane lost attitude at 7:22 a.m. (0122 GMT).

Saima Siddiqui

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Published on 27 Dec 2019 4:58 AM GMT

Plane crashes in Kazakhstan; 15 killed, 66 hurt among 98 on-board
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Moscow: A passenger plane with 98 people on-board crashed shortly after takeoff early Friday from Almaty airport in Kazakhstan, killing at least 15 people while at least 66 others survived with injuries, officials in Almaty said. Injured 50 were admitted to hospital.

The Bek Air aircraft hit a concrete fence and a two-story building after takeoff from Almaty International Airport. It lost attitude at 7:22 a.m. (0122 GMT), the airport said.

In a statement on its Facebook page, the airport said there was no fire and a rescue operation got underway immediately following the crash.

Around 1,000 people were working at the snow-covered site of the crash. The weather in Almaty was clear, with mild sub-zero temperature that is common at this time of the year.

Footage showed the front of the broken-up fuselage rammed a house and the rear of the plane lying in the field next to the airport.

The plane was flying to Nur-Sultan, the country's capital formerly known as Astana.

The aircraft was identified as a Fokker-100, a medium-sized, twin-turbofan jet airliner.

The company manufacturing the aircraft went bankrupt in 1996 and the production of the Fokker-100 stopped the following year.

All Bek Air and Fokker-100 flights in Kazakhstan have been suspended pending the investigation of the crash, the country's authorities said.

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