ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP):
A passenger jet carrying at least 20 people crashed yesterday in heavy fog near Kazakhstan's principal city, Almaty, killing all on board, the airline and officials said.
The Kazakh Prosecutor-General's office listed 21 people as having been killed. The SCAT airline said the plane carried 20.
The accident highlights persistent concerns over aviation safety in Kazakhstan, almost all of whose airlines are banned from flying to Western Europe.
Officials said the plane, flying in from the northern city of Kokshetau, disappeared from radar view at around 1:13 p.m. local time (0713 GMT), more than 20 minutes after it had been scheduled to land.
State news agency Kazinform cited an emergency official at the site of the crash as saying the plane was initially denied permission to land by the airport because of poor visibility.
The plane then made a second approach, but lost its bearings and crashed a few miles from the airport, the official said.
The emergencies ministry said the plane was a Canadian-built Bombardier CRJ200, a two-engine regional jet that can accommodate about 50 passengers.
SCAT said the cause for the crash will not be determined until flight recorder data are examined.