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20 die in Kazakhstan plane crash

January 29, 2013, 14:31 UTC+3

The Russian consulate general is checking the information if there were any Russians on board the plane

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ASTANA, January 29 (Itar-Tass) - A plane with a crew of five and 15 passengers crashed in adverse weather conditions off Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan, on Tuesday. There were no survivors, the press service of the SKAT airline reported.

The press service of the republic's Emergency Situations Ministry said the plane disappeared from radar screens at 13:15, local time. The plane was en route from Kokchetava /Koshetau/ to Alma-Ata. Transport prosecutors initiated criminal proceedings over "violation of traffic rules and operation or railway, water or air transport."

The plane fell to the ground it was making a landing maneuver near the town of Kyzyltu, Alma-Ata region, Kazakh officials said.

The Russian consulate general is checking the information if there were any Russians on board the plane.

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