At least 9 killed as plane with 100 on board crashes in Kazakhstan

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At least nine people were killed after a plane with 95 passengers and five crew members on board crashed in Kazakhstan.

The plane belonging to Bek Air Company crashed near the city of Almaty, sources said. 

According to Kazakhstan’s Civil Aviation Committee, the aircraft was heading for the capital, Nur-Sultan and lost altitude after take-off and crashed into a two-storey building.

The government and Almaty airport said emergency services were rushed to the site.

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev expressed condolences to the families and relatives of those killed in a passenger plane crash near Almaty and said, “those responsible will be severely punished in accordance with the law.”