The cause was not immediately known. Photographs carried by Kazakh news outlets showed the fuselage of the passenger jet ripped to pieces amid the rubble of a building.
Almaty, in southeastern Kazakhstan near the mountainous border with Kyrgyzstan, is the Central Asian country’s biggest city.
Kazakh authorities have halted flights of the Dutch-made Fokker 100, news agencies reported, citing the Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development.
On Twitter, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev of Kazakhstan expressed his condolences to the victims and said a government commission headed by the country’s prime minister, Askar Mamin, would investigate the crash.
“All the guilty will be punished severely in accordance with the law,” Mr. Tokayev said.
Production on the Fokker 100 ceased in 1997, after its Dutch maker went into bankruptcy in 1996. Though many airlines have retired the aircraft, more than 100 are still active, mostly in Australia and Iran.
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