National Day of Mourning in Kazakhstan

ASTANA. January 31. KAZINFORM The national mourning in connection with the plane crash near Almaty is declared today in Kazakhstan.

"The plane flying from Kokshetau crashed yesterday near Almaty. 20 of our citizens were killed. I have expressed my condolences over this tragedy and declared a day of mourning for tomorrow [January 31]. A special commission, which is investigating the incident, will provide assistance to the families and friends of the victims. Let's have a moment of silence for all the victims," Nursultan Nazarbayev said yesterday at a meeting with the heads of law enforcement agencies.

The plane belonging to SCAT Airlines crashed at 1:30 p.m. on January 29 near Kyzyltu village of Almaty region. 16 passengers, including one child, and five crew members were onboard. All of them were killed.

A special commission was formed to find out what caused a plane to crash. The commission headed by First Deputy Prime Minister - Minister for Regional Development Bakytzhan Sagintayev consists of Emergency Situations Minister Vladimir Bozhko, Transport and Communications Minister Askar Zhumagaliev, representatives of the Prosecutor General Office, General Transport Prosecutor's Office and other state bodies.

The General Transport Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Kazakhstan initiated a criminal case on the plane crash.

A black box was discovered at the crash site. It was sent for examination to the Interstate Aviation Committee in Moscow.

Families of the victims will receive aid in the amount of KZT 3 million from SCAT Airlines, and KZT 1 million from Akimats.

The list of those killed in the accident is here

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