Russian investigators to decode crashed CRJ recorders

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Russia's Interstate Aviation Committee is to take responsibility for retrieving flight-recorder information from the SCAT Bombardier CRJ200 which crashed outside Almaty.

The aircraft came down east of Almaty's international airport, near the village of Kyzyltu, while operating flight DV760 from Kokshetau, says the Kazakh transport ministry.

It states that the flight recorders have been sent to Moscow for analysis. The ministry has not given any further details of the circumstances of the accident, beyond confirming that 16 passengers - including a child - and five crew members were on board. There were no survivors.

SCAT states that the aircraft crashed "while landing in bad weather" at 13:12 on 29 January. The airline has not confirmed the type of approach being performed.

It says the captain had just over 1,000h on the CRJ200, having logged nearly 18,200h total time.

Before departing Kokshetau, the carrier adds, the crew was healthy and fully prepared for the flight, in line with regulations.

"This is the first emergency involving a SCAT aircraft in 15 years in the skies of Kazakhstan," says the carrier. "Our airline has always paid special attention to safety."

SCAT says the CRJ200 underwent a 2A-check at Novosibirsk-based maintenance firm Sibir Technics in mid-December 2012.

Kazakhstan's first deputy prime minister, Bakytzhan Sagintayev, will head the inquiry commission.