MOSCOW — Officials in Kazakhstan say five people, including two doctors, have died when a plane carrying them crashed soon after takeoff.

Kazakhstan’s Health Ministry said the An-28 plane with a crew of three was flying the doctors from Kazakhstan’s largest city, Almaty, to the southern city of Shymkent on Tuesday. Communications with the plane were lost soon after takeoff and its burning fragments were later found near Almaty.

The ministry said all five people aboard were killed in the crash.

The cause of the crash wasn’t immediately clear.

The An-28 is a Soviet-built short-range turboprop.