12 killed and 49 injured as plane crashes in Kazakhstan

A Kazakh plane with 98 people aboard has crashed shortly after take-off, killing at least 15 people, officials in Almaty said.

At least 49 survivors were taken to hospital.

Local authorities had earlier put the death toll at 15, but the Interior Ministry of the Central Asian nation later revised the figure downward

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Kazakhstan plane crash: Bek Air flight with 100 onboard crashes near Almaty airport
ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN - DECEMBER 27, 2019: The site of a crash of a Bek Air plane carrying 95 passengers and 5 crew members near Almaty Airport. A Bek Air Fokker 100 passenger plane flying from Almaty to Nur-Sultan has crashed minutes after takeoff, broken through a concrete guardrail and clashed into a two-storey building. The accident has killed at least 14 people, dozens have been injured. The Press Office of the Committee for Emergency Situations of the Kazakhstan Interior Ministry/TASS (Photo by TASS\TASS via Getty Images)
Police stand guard as rescuers assist on the site of a plane crashed near Almaty International Airport, outside Almaty, Kazakhstan, Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. The Kazakhstan plane with 98 people aboard crashed shortly after takeoff early Friday. (AP Photo/Vladimir Tretyakov)
Police stand guard as rescuers assist on the site of a plane crash near Almaty International Airport, outside Almaty, Kazakhstan, Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. Almaty International Airport said the Bek Air plane crashed Friday in Kazakhstan shortly after takeoff causing numerous deaths. The aircraft had 100 passengers and crew onboard when hit a concrete fence and a two-story building shortly after takeoff. (AP Photo/Vladimir Tretyakov)
ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN - DECEMBER 27, 2019: The site of a crash of a Bek Air plane carrying 95 passengers and 5 crew members near Almaty Airport. A Bek Air Fokker 100 passenger plane flying from Almaty to Nur-Sultan has crashed minutes after takeoff, broken through a concrete guardrail and clashed into a two-storey building. The accident has killed at least 14 people, dozens have been injured. The Press Office of the Committee for Emergency Situations of the Kazakhstan Interior Ministry/TASS (Photo by TASS\TASS via Getty Images)
A view of the site of a passenger plane crash outside Almaty. - At least 15 people died on December 27, 2019 and dozens were reported injured when a passenger plane carrying 100 people crashed into a house shortly after takeoff from Kazakhstan's largest city. (Photo by Ruslan PRYANIKOV / AFP) (Photo by RUSLAN PRYANIKOV/AFP via Getty Images)
ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN - DECEMBER 27, 2019: The site of a crash of a Bek Air plane carrying 95 passengers and 5 crew members near Almaty Airport. A Bek Air Fokker 100 passenger plane flying from Almaty to Nur-Sultan has crashed minutes after takeoff, broken through a concrete guardrail and clashed into a two-storey building. The accident has killed at least 14 people, dozens have been injured. The Press Office of the Committee for Emergency Situations of the Kazakhstan Interior Ministry/TASS (Photo by TASS\TASS via Getty Images)
In this handout photo provided by the Emergency Situations Ministry of the Republic of Kazakhstan, police and rescuers work on the side of a plane crash near Almaty International Airport, outside Almaty, Kazakhstan, Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. Almaty International Airport said a Bek Air plane crashed Friday in Kazakhstan shortly after takeoff causing numerous deaths. The aircraft had 100 passengers and crew onboard when hit a concrete fence and a two-story building shortly after takeoff. ( Emergency Situations Ministry of the Republic of Kazakhstan photo via AP)
Rescuers assist on the site of a plane which crashed near Almaty International Airport, outside Almaty, Kazakhstan, Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. The Kazakhstan plane with 98 people aboard crashed shortly after takeoff early Friday. (AP Photo/Vladimir Tretyakov)
Emergency and security personnel are seen at the site of a plane crash near Almaty, Kazakhstan, December 27, 2019. REUTERS/Pavel Mikheyev
Emergency and security personnel are seen at the site of the plane crash near Almaty, Kazakhstan, December 27, 2019. REUTERS/Pavel Mikheyev
A view of the site of a passenger plane crash outside Almaty on December 27, 2019. - At least 15 people died on December 27, 2019 and dozens were reported injured when a passenger plane carrying 100 people crashed into a house shortly after takeoff from Kazakhstan's largest city. (Photo by Ruslan PRYANIKOV / AFP) (Photo by RUSLAN PRYANIKOV/AFP via Getty Images)
ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN - DECEMBER 27, 2019: The site of a crash of a Bek Air plane carrying 95 passengers and 5 crew members near Almaty Airport. A Bek Air Fokker 100 passenger plane flying from Almaty to Nur-Sultan has crashed minutes after takeoff, broken through a concrete guardrail and clashed into a two-storey building. The accident has killed at least 14 people, dozens have been injured. The Press Office of the Committee for Emergency Situations of the Kazakhstan Interior Ministry/TASS (Photo by TASS\TASS via Getty Images)
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The Bek Air aircraft hit a concrete fence and a two-storey building after take-off from Almaty International Airport.

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

Around 1,000 people were working at the snow-covered site of the crash. The weather in Almaty was clear, with mild sub-zero temperatures.

Footage showed the front of the broken-up fuselage rammed a house, and the rear of the plane lying in the field next to the airport.

The plane was flying to Nur-Sultan, the country's capital formerly known as Astana.

It was identified as a Fokker-100, a medium-sized, twin-turbofan jet airliner. The company manufacturing the aircraft went bankrupt in 1996 and the production of the Fokker-100 stopped the following year.

All Bek Air and Fokker-100 flights in Kazakhstan have been suspended pending the investigation of the crash, the country's authorities said.

In 2009, all Kazakh airlines — with the exception of the flagship carrier Air Astana — were banned from operating in the European Union because they did not meet international safety standards. The ban was lifted in 2016.

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