At least 15 people were killed and more than 60 others survived when a Bek Air (Photo credit: Facebook / bekair.aero) flight carrying 98 on board crashed into a building soon after take-off from Almaty Airport in Kazakhstan early on Friday.
Some 65 people survived the crash as the plane did not catch fire. Among them were six children. Twelve of those injured are in a critical condition.
Bek Air’s Flight Z92100 bound for Nur-Sultan, capital of the Central Asian country, lost altitude during take-off around 7.05am local time and hit a concrete fence before crashing into a small two-storey building, Kazakhstan’s Civil Aviation Committee said.
Photos shared on social media showed rescuers looking for survivors at the crash site.
The 1996-built Fokker 100 aircraft departed on time but disappeared within minutes from the radar. Almaty airport’s Facebook post said 93 passengers and five crew members were on board the flight.
The crash happened outside the airport. Emergency services are working at the site, it added.
The Kazakh government has set up a special commission to investigate the crash and it has suspended flights of Fokker-100 planes following the crash.
The president of Kazakhstan expressed condolences to the families of the victims.