No fewer than 15 people have died after a passenger plane crashed in Kazakhstan on Friday morning.
The Fokker 100 aircraft operated by Bek Air, was scheduled to fly from Almaty, the country’s largest city, to the capital Nur-Sultan.
But the plane went down shortly after taking off and broke through a concrete fence before crashing into a two-storey building.
Almaty International Airport in a statement posted on its Facebook page said no fire broke out on board and emergency services immediately began working at the site.
At least 60 injured people, including children, have been taken to nearby hospitals for treatment with various degrees of injuries.
Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev shared his condolences to the victims and their families on Twitter, saying: “Those responsible will face tough punishment in accordance with the law.”
Officials say a special commission is investigating the circumstances leading to the deadly incident. But in the meantime, the country’s Civil Aviation Committee has suspended all Bek Air and Fokker 100 flights pending the results of the investigation.
In March, a Bek Air Fokker-100 plane with 116 passengers made an emergency landing at the capital’s international airport after its landing gear failed to deploy. None of the passengers or five-member crew were injured.