A domestic Bek Air flight between the Central Asian country's two main cities crashed shortly after takeoff early Friday, killing at least 12 of the 98 people on board. Rescue workers are combing through the site near Almaty International Airport, where the Fokker 100 aircraft slammed into a concrete barrier and a two-story building. Expressing his condolences to victims' families, President Qasym-Jomart Toqayev said those responsible for the crash would be "severely punished."
How did passengers react? One eyewitness reported that her fellow travelers were relatively calm during the incident.