According to The Guardian, the plane crashed at Almaty airport in Kazakhstan and was carrying 100 people. The plane was headed for Nur-Sultan, the Central Asian nation's capital city. Picture: Vladimir Tretyakov/AP The Kazakhstan plane with 100 people aboard crashed shortly after takeoff early Friday.
The Government and Almaty airport said emergency services were working at the site to get survivors out.
He expressed his "deep condolences" to relatives and said "all those responsible will be severely punished in accordance with the law".
It lost attitude at 7:22 a.m. (0122 GMT), the Almaty International Airport said.
Aslan Nazaraliyev couldn't think about anything except his two little girls as the plane he was on plummeted to the ground shortly after takeoff Friday.
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Almaty healthauthorities initially put the death toll from the crash at 15 or more but later revised the figure down to 12. 93 passengers and 5 crew members were on board.
Tokayev declared December 28 a national day of mourning and appointed Prime Minister Askar Mamin to head a commission to investigate the crash. Parts of the fuselage appeared to be relatively intact, however, and there were no reports of fire following the crash, which may have played a factor in many passengers surviving the initial impact. Another 47 passengers, nine of them children, were still in hospital on Saturday, officials said.
The Bek Air aircraft hit a concrete fence and a two-storey building after takeoff from Almaty International Airport. "This will be established by a special commission with the participation of specialists from the International Aviation Committee", said Deputy Prime Minister Roman Sklyar at a briefing at the airport, reported inform.kz.
In Almaty, residents flooded a local blood donation center. The manufacturer went bankrupt in 1996.
The 23-year-old jet received a certificate of airworthiness in May, according to a statement from the local civil aviation authority. In 2009, the European Union banned all Kazakh airlines, with the exception of the flagship carrier Air Astana, from operating within the territory as they failed to meet the necessary standards.