15 dead after passenger jet crashes in Kazakhstan

News agency Kazinform reported on Friday that no fewer than 15 people have died after a passenger jet carrying about 100 people from Almaty in Kazakhstan crashed just after take-off.

The Fokker 100 aircraft operated by Kazakh airline Bek Air broke through a concrete wall before hitting a two-storey residential building.

Pictures showed ambulances arriving in the snowy area. Rescue teams were trying to retrieve those left inside the severely damaged plane.

Paramedics said many passengers had suffered severe head injuries.

Kazakh authorities published a passenger list showing 93 guests on board and 5 crew members, including eight children.

According to the airport where the crash happened, 30 people were injured, with 17 of them believed to be in critical condition, adding that more than 60 people survived.

Russian news agency TASS reported that no one was inside the building the plane collided with.

The plane was flying from Almaty to Nursultan, Kazakhstan’s capital city, which was formerly known as Astana.

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev took to Twitter to express his condolences, and said he had formed a government commission and that all those responsible would be severely punished in accordance with the law.

According to Kazinform, Tokayev said Saturday would be a day of national mourning. (dpa/NAN)

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