At least nine people were confirmed dead after a passenger plane carrying around 100 people crashed near Almaty airport in Kazakhstan on Friday.
According to Kazakhstan’s civil aviation agency, the Bek Air plane “lost altitude during takeoff and broke through a concrete fence”, before hitting a building.
In a statement posted on social media, the Almaty International Airport said a special commission is investigating the circumstances leading to the deadly incident.
Images posted on social media showed several rescue personnel digging through the wreckage of a Bek Air aircraft.
According to Flightview.com flight tracker, a Fokker 100 aircraft of Bek Air was scheduled to leave Almaty at 7:05am local time and arrive in capital Astana at 8:40am on Friday.
In a statement published in the Kaz Inform news agency, 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,” the news agency quoted the president as saying.
More to follow.