At least 12 dead as plane with almost 100 people onboard hits building in Kazakhstan

27 December 2019, 05:28

The plane hit the building shortly after take off
The plane hit the building shortly after take off. Picture: Kazakhstan Emergency Committee
EJ Ward

By EJ Ward

At least 12 people are dead after a plane crashed into a building as it tried to take off in Kazakhstan - while 66 others are known to have survived.

The Fokker-100 was carrying 98 passengers and crew when it took off from Almaty, Kazakhstan's largest city.

The Bek Air plane was heading for the country's capital Nur-Sultan, formerly known as Astana.

But it crashed at 7.22am local time after losing height during take-off.

Emergency services rushed to the scene
Emergency services rushed to the scene. Picture: Kazakhstan Emergency Committee

Almaty International Airport said the flight hit a concrete fence and collided with the building shortly after takeoff.

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

The airport said 35 people had been taken to hospital, while eight of the injured were children, who are all said to be conscious, are also being treated in hospital.

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