(AP) – A Kazakhstan plane with 98 people aboard has crashed shortly after takeoff early Friday, December 27 killing at least 15 people. At least 66 others have survived with injuries, 50 of them hospitalized. The aircraft was identified as a Fokker-100, a medium-sized, twin-turbofan jet airliner. Breaking News: Deji Adeyanju apologizes Nnamdi Kalu
The company manufacturing the aircraft went bankrupt in 1996 and the production of the Fokker-100 stopped the following year.
The aircraft which was heading to Nur-Sultan on a pre-dawn flight from Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city “lost altitude during takeoff and broke through a concrete fence” before hitting a two-storey building, Kazakhstan’s Civil Aviation Committee said.
In a statement on its Facebook page, the airport says there was no fire and a rescue operation got underway immediately following the crash.
The plane was flying to Nur-Sultan, the country’s capital formerly known as Astana.
The aircraft hit a concrete fence and a two-story building after takeoff from Almaty International Airport.
Survivor in the plane said the plane started shaking while gaining altitude about two minutes after takeoff.