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Jan 29, 2013 at 02:58pm IST

Passenger plane crashes in Kazakhstan, reports say 20 dead

Almaty: A passenger plane crashed near Kazakhstan's commercial capital of Almaty on Tuesday, killing 20 people, news agencies quoted SCAT airline as saying.

The plane had been en route from the city of Kokshetau in northern Kazakhstan to Almaty in the southeast of the country when it crashed near the village of Kyzyl Tu, Interfax news agency said.

Almaty and the surrounding area were veiled in thick fog on Tuesday.

Passenger plane crashes in Kazakhstan, reports say 20 dead

On December 25, a military transport airplane crashed near the southern Kazakh city of Shymkent, killing all 27 people on board.

SCAT is based in Kazakhstan and operates extensive domestic services and some international flights.

It was the second plane crash in the Central Asian country and former Soviet republic in just a over a month.

On December 25, a military transport airplane crashed in bad weather near the southern Kazakh city of Shymkent, killing all 27 people on board.

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