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Black Box From Almaty Plane Crash Sent to Moscow

The flight data recorder from the Kazakh-owned CRJ-200 plane that crashed in Almaty on Tuesday has been recovered and will be sent to Moscow for review, a news report said Wednesday.

Bakhytzhan Sagintayev, Kazakhstan's first deputy prime minister and regional development minister, said the data recorder would be reviewed by the Interstate Aviation Committee in Moscow and the work could take up to 15 days, RIA-Novosti reported. The reason for the crash can only be determined after the black box recorder has been examined, he said.

The plane, operated by the SCAT airline, crashed about 5 kilometers from the Almaty airport while making a second attempt to land in bad weather. At least 21 people died in the crash.

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