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Russia’s SCAT Airlines Flight 760 Crashes Under Heavy Fog Killing All 21 Onboard
By Mike Mitchell

January 30, 2013 - On Tuesday while landing in bad weather at Almaty International Airport in Russia a Bombardier CRJ200 jet operated by Russia’s SCAT Airlines, Flight 760 cashed killing all 21 onboard. Onboard the aircraft at the time of the accident were five crew members and 16 passengers, including one child. 

Flight 760 was enroute from Kokshetau to Almaty when it crashed 3.1 mile short of Almaty International Airport under thick fog near the village of Kyzyltu at 7:00 UTC.

Flight 760 was on its final approach for landing at the snow covered airport when it aborted its first landing and then attempted a second landing under  “difficult weather conditions” the aircraft crashed during the second attempt.


The aircraft veered off course and plunged to the ground. The pilot in command was Commander Vladimir Evdokimov who had a total of 18,194 flight hours, including 1,010 hours as commander CRJ 200. Initial investigations suggest the aircraft crash was not due to a mechanical malfunction. The aircraft was destroyed on impact and there was no fire. 

SCAT Airlines reported “this is the first emergency involving aircraft SCAT fifteen years in the skies of Kazakhstan. Our airline has always paid and pays special attention to safety”. The Bombardier CRJ200 (CL600-2B19), serial number 7413, state registration mark UPCJ006 was manufactured in 2000. The aircraft received basic maintenance passed on December 15, 2012. 

“Now senseless and cruel to people who have suffered a great loss and advance speculate on the reasons for the disaster. In the cause of the accident took the life of twenty-one person understands a special government commission. Its results will be published. For our part we express our deep and sincere condolences to the families and friends of the victims. We lost friends, with whom we have years of working together, and true friendship and grieve with you”.



The Bombardier CRJ200 is manufactured by Bombardier, and based on the Canadair Challenger business jet. CRJ200 is identical to the 100 model except for more efficient engines. The aircraft seats 2 passengers on each side of the aisle with typical seating of 50 passengers. SCAT Airlines is an airline with its main office at Shymkent Airport in Shymkent, Kazakhstan. It operates services to all major cities of Kazakhstan and to neighboring countries. The carrier has hubs at Oral Ak Zhol Airport, Aqtau Airport, Astana International Airport, Atyrau Airport, Kyzylorda Airport and Almaty International Airport. 

SCAT Airlines was established and started operations in 1997. It is owned by Vladimir Denissov (53%) and Vladimir Sytnik (47%). Its name in short form comes from Special Cargo Air Transport. Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev said "On behalf of the Kazakh people and myself, I express the deepest sympathies to the relatives and loved ones of those who died."

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