CRJ Crash In Kazakhstan Kills 21

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A Bombardier CRJ200 operated by a regional airline crashed on Tuesday in southeast Kazakhstan, killing all 15 passengers and six crew members on board. The jet had missed its first approach at the Almaty airport in fog at about 1 p.m. local time and was climbing away from the airport when it suddenly "veered off course and plunged to the ground," according to AFP. The wreckage was found near a village about three miles from the airport. "There was no fire, no explosion. The plane just plunged to the earth," Yuri Ilyin, a local emergency official, told Reuters.

Thick fog in the area reduced visibility to less than 100 feet, according to some reports, but the airport was still open. "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 jet was owned by a local airline, Scat, which has been operating since 1997. The airline runs an extensive domestic service and a few international flights.