60 Lucky passengers survive Kazakhstan plane crash, 15 confirmed dead

60 Lucky passengers survive Kazakhstan plane crash, 15 confirmed dead

- The plane was heading for the country's capital when it broke through a concrete fence, hitting a two-storey building

- Among those who survived were 22 people who are reportedly in critical condition

- Kazakhstan's Civil Aviation Committee has suspended all flights of that type of aircraft

- President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev pledged to provide families of the victims with compensation

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At least 15 people have died after a passenger plane carrying 93 passengers and five crew members crashed near the city of Almaty in Kazakhstan on Friday.

Over 60 others, including children, are said to have survived the crash with 22 of those sustaining severe injuries.

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Kazakhstan plane crash: Over 60 survive plane crash that killed atleast 15

Kazakhstan plane crash: Over 60 survive plane crash that killed atleast 15
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CNN reported that the plane was heading for the country's capital, Nur-Sultan, when it lost altitude during take-off and broke through a concrete fence.

The Fokker 100 aircraft, operated by Kazakhstan-based carrier, Bek Air, then hit a two-storey building.

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.

One of the survivor's told her tale to news website Tengrinews. According to the report, 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 take-off.

“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.

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Kazakhstan's Civil Aviation Committee said it was suspending all flights of that type of aircraft pending a full investigation into the matter.

The Fokker 100 is a medium-sized twin-turbofan jet often used for short-haul flights.

The company manufacturing the aircraft is reported to have gone bankrupt in 1996 and the production of the Fokker-100 stopped the following year.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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