Twenty-one occupants of a Belavia Bombardier CRJ100 have survived after the aircraft was destroyed in an accident at the Armenian capital Yerevan.

Belavia, the flag-carrier of Belarus, has confirmed the accident which occurred as the aircraft was operating as flight B21834 to Minsk early today.

Circumstances of the accident are unclear but images from the scene show the aircraft inverted and badly damaged by fire, with its undercarriage deployed.

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The CRJ100 was transporting 18 passengers and three crew members but Belavia says there were “no victims”. It lists, however, seven occupants as being hospitalised.

Belavia says the Belarussian Government is to assist Armenian authorities with their inquiry into the accident.