Officials in Almaty say at least 14 people have been confirmed dead.

At least 35 are believed to have survived the accident.

A rescue operation was launched immediately as no fire was reported at the crash scene.

The aircraft was identified as a Fokker-100, a medium-sized, twin-turbofan jet airliner. The company manufacturing the aircraft went bankrupt in 1996 and the production of the Fokker-100 stopped the following year, NBC News reported.

The aviation committee said it was suspending all flights of that type of aircraft pending an investigation.

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"Those responsible will face tough punishment in accordance with the law," Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev tweeted, expressing condolences to the victims and their families.

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