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Kazakhstan's transport prosecutor's office has opened an inquiry into the crash of an aircraft operated by local carrier SCAT.
The prosecutor's office identifies the aircraft as a Bombardier CRJ200 and states that it came down 5km from its destination, Almaty, at about 13:00.
Flight DV760 from Kokshetau had been due to arrive at Almaty, the primary business centre of Kazakhstan, at 12:55 according to the flight status board at the city's international airport, which subsequently listed the service as a "late arrival".
Kazakhstan's transport ministry has identified the SCAT Bombardier CRJ200 involved in an accident outside the city of Almaty as a 13-year old airframe.
It states that the aircraft - registered UP-CJ006, with serial number 7413 - was originally built in 2000.
The ministry states that the aircraft had logged just over 25,700h in operation spanning 22,975 cycles, and gives the date of its "last repair" as June 2011.
[color=ADC7C1]Kazakh rescue workers emerge from the fog at the crash site of a passenger plane near Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. The jet carrying 21 people crashed Tuesday in heavy fog killing all on board, the airline said.