- A plane carrying 100 passengers to the city of Almaty in Kazakhstan has crashed
- 15 passengers died during the crash while about 60 sustained various degree of injuries
- Kazakhstan's civil aviation committee has, however, suspended all flights of that type of aircraft
At least 15 people have reportedly died after a passenger plane carrying 93 passengers and five crew members crashed near the city of Almaty in Kazakhstan on Friday, December 27.
CNN reports that over 60 others including children were said to have survived the crash with 22 of them sustaining severe injuries.
Legit.ng gathered that the plane, as reported by CNN, was heading for the country's capital, Nur-Sultan, when it lost altitude during takeoff and broke through a concrete fence.
The Flight Z2100, a Fokker 100 aircraft operated by Kazakhstan-based carrier Bek Air then hit a two-storey building shortly after takeoff.
It was learnt that photographs from the crash site shared by local media houses showed the damaged plane with large cracks in its body next to a house half-demolished by the impact.
According to one of the survivors, who narrated the ordeal to a news website Tengrinews, she heard a terrifying sound before the plane started losing altitude.
"The plane was flying with a tilt. Everything was like in a movie: screaming, shouting, people crying," she said.
Another survivor, Aslan Nazaraliyev, told the Vremya newspaper the plane started shaking while gaining altitude about two minutes after takeoff.
“At some point we started falling, not vertically, but at an angle. It seemed like control over the plane was lost,” he was quoted.
In a statement published on social media, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev expressed his condolences to the friends and families of those killed in the crash.
"All those injured will be rendered assistance. All those responsible will carry severe punishment in accordance with the law," Kaz Inform news agency quoted the president.
Kazakhstan's civil aviation committee said it was suspending all flights of that type of aircraft pending investigations.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that rescue officials revealed that a plane that crashed into a residential area in the Goma city of the Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday, November 24, claimed the lives of a significant number of persons.
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