Transport ministry identifies crashed SCAT CRJ200

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Kazakhstan's transport ministry has identified the SCAT Bombardier CRJ200 involved in an accident outside the city of Almaty as a 13-year old airframe.

It states that the aircraft - registered UP-CJ006, with serial number 7413 - was originally built in 2000.

The ministry states that the aircraft had logged just over 25,700h in operation spanning 22,975 cycles, and gives the date of its "last repair" as June 2011.

It adds that the aircraft's airworthiness certificate was valid until September 2013.

The CRJ200 was previously operated by Danish carrier Cimber Sterling.

Kazakhstan's prime minister has ordered the formation of a governmental commission to investigate the crash, says the ministry.

Flight DV760 had been operating between the northern Kazakh of Kokshetau and Almaty, with 15 passengers and five crew, when it came down. Local reports indicate there are no survivors.