Passenger plane crash kills 21 in Kazakhstan
Jan 29. Reuters. KYZYL TU, Kazakhstan
By Mariya Gordeyeva
A passenger plane crashed in thick fog near Kazakhstan’s commercial capital Almaty on Tuesday and broke into pieces when it hit the ground, killing all 21 people on board.
After several hours, rescue teams recovered the plane’s flight recorder, the central communications service for Kazakhstan’s president said on its Twitter page.
A list published by the prosecutor-general’s office showed there had been 16 passengers and five crew members on board.
The Canadian-built Bombardier Challenger CRJ-200 belonged to private Kazakh airline SCAT. It came down near the village of Kyzyl Tu about 5 km (3 miles) from Almaty’s airport.
“There was no fire, no explosion. The plane just plunged to the earth,” Yuri Ilyin, deputy head of the city’s emergencies department, told Reuters near the scene.
Parts of the plane could be seen in the thick snow. Tractors and other heavy vehicles were being used cut paths through the snow to the wreckage but journalists were kept at a distance from the crash site.
It was the second fatal plane crash in the former Soviet republic in just a over a month.
Visibility at Kyzyl Tu was only about 20 to 30 meters (yards), and much of the area around Almaty was veiled in fog when the plane crashed at around 1 p.m. (2 a.m. ET).
“The preliminary cause of the accident is bad weather,” Deputy Almaty Mayor Maulen Mukashev told reporters. “Not a single part of the plane was left intact after it came down.”
The plane had been on its way from the city of Kokshetau in northern Kazakhstan to Almaty in the southeast, Mukashev said.
SCAT, which has been operating since 1997, runs an extensive domestic service and has some international flights.
Alexander Gordeyev, deputy head of Almaty’s airport, said the weather had been bad but planes were being allowed to land.
A military transport airplane crashed in bad weather on December 25 near the southern Kazakh city of Shymkent, killing all 27 on board. Prosecutors have said a combination of technical problems, bad weather and human error caused that accident.
Names of 21 victims of Almaty plane crash
January 29. KAZINFORM. ASTANA
Fire, rescue and medical units, emergency psychological response groups of the Ministry of Emergencies of Kazakhstan – a total of 123 people and 33 units of equipment – continue their work on the site of the plane crash in Almaty region.
The Head of State Nursultan Nazarbayev expressed condolences to the families of the victims.
16 passengers, including one child, and five crew members were onboard, the press service of the Ministry of Emergency Situations said.
The list of those killed in the plane crash on January 29, 2013
Vladimir Feist, 1956
Alexander Rubas, 1960
Dyusekhan Dyusbaev, 1949
Askar Khusainov, 1989
Nikolai Lotkov, 1981
Kaisar Malgazhdarov, 1969
Akram Nizamov, 1977
Abilzhan Omarov, 1968
Marat Orazbayev, 1969
Galymzhan Dyussenov, 1974
Indira Rakhimbek, 1974
Bekzhan Bakhytzhan (son), 2011
Alexander Serikov, 1980
Arsen Shutikov, 1974
Askar Eskendirov, 1975
Ivan Zhavoronkov, 1968
Vladimir Evdokimov – commander
Alexander Sharapov – co-pilot
Svyatoslav Babayan – co-pilot
Irina Krivonosova – steward
Dina Aspandiyarova – steward
The General Transport Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Kazakhstan initiated a criminal case on the plane crash.