At least 20 people are feared dead after a passenger plane crashed near Kazakhstan’s commercial capital, Almaty.


The plane had been en route from the city of Kokshetau in northern Kazakhstan to Almaty in the southeast of the country when it crashed near the village of Kyzyl Tu, Interfax news agency said.


BBC quoting Kazakhstan’s Scat airlines said as it believed all those on board were killed when it crashed on approach to Almaty. Almaty and the surrounding area were veiled in thick fog at the time of the incident.


On December 25, a military transport airplane crashed in bad weather near the southern Kazakh city of Shymkent, killing all 27 people on board. “According to preliminary information there are no survivors,” the airline said in a statement quoted by the Interfax news agency.


The statement added that 20 people were on board the aircraft. Earlier reports quoted officials as saying that 21 people – 15 passengers and six crew members – were on the plane.


Details about the crash are still emerging. One report suggested that the plane may have encountered bad weather on its approach to the airport. SCAT is based in Kazakhstan and operates extensive domestic services and some international flights.