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Kazakh Air Crash Kills 21

A domestic passenger plane crashed near Kazakhstan's commercial capital of Almaty Tuesday, killing all 21 people on board.

SCAT airline said its plane carried 16 passengers and five crew members and crashed in bad weather near the end of its journey from the northern city of Kokshetau to Almaty.

Earlier reports from the airline and prosecutors office had put the number of deaths at 20 but they revised it up by one.

The Canadian-built Bombardier Challenger CRJ-200 came down near in a snow-covered field only a few kilometers from Almaty's airport.

Officials say they have recovered the aircraft's flight data recorder (black box) which may give more information as to the cause of the crash.

This is the second major air crash in the former Soviet republic in the past month. In late December, a military transport plane crashed near the southern city of Shymkent, killing all 27 people aboard.

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