|Photo taken by a witness shows people gathering at the site of the plane crash in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Jan. 29, 2013. (Xinhua)
ASTANA, Jan. 29 (Xinhua) -- A passenger plane crashed in thick fog as it prepared to land in Kazakhstan's largest city of Almaty on Tuesday, killing all 21 people aboard, authorities said.
There were five crew members and 16 passengers aboard the Canadian-built Bombardier CRJ-200, which is owned by the local private carrier SCAT.
The airline had earlier put the death toll at 20.
The aircraft was en route from the northern city of Kokshetau to Almaty at the time, and it went down just 1.5 km away from Almaty's main airport.
The plane had made one approach to the airport and was about to rise again for a second approach when it suddenly veered off course and crashed, SCAT said, adding that visibility on the ground was poor at the time due to the dense fog.
Eyewitnesses said the plane broke into pieces and wreckage of the plane and bodies were scattered around.
The crash site has been cordoned off and dozens of emergency vehicles were rushing to the scene.
The airport and its runways were unaffected and planes make landing and take off as usual.
Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov has designated a committee to investigate the accident.