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Written by Peter Carter

January 31, 2014

The crash of a Scat Airlines domestic passenger jet on 29 January en route to Almaty in the south east of the country from Kokshetau in the north, appears likely due to crew errors in coping with a difficult approach in adverse visibility.
All 16 passengers and 5 crew died aboard flight DV-760 as the crew after a go around missed approach in poor visibility due fog, attempting to land on Almaty’s runway 23R. With reported horizontal visibility  at 300 meters and vertical vis at 30 meters, the conditions required CatIIIb capability for which the crew was insufficiently qualified for a landing or for operations other than for a descent down to decision height of 30 meters AGL. The weather reported at the airport was a RVR of 200 meters and vertical visibility of 20 meters.

The aircraft impacted terrain about 1,400 meters short of the Almaty Airport runway 23R threshold. The elevation of the airfiels is 681m.

The crew did not complete all actions necessary for the missed approach. It was reported that the aircraft had sufficient fuel for a nominated alternate.

Almaty is Kazakhstan’s major commercial and cultural centre and the biggest city by population. The city is at the foothills of the Ile Alatau Range, part of the Tien Shan  that rises to 5.5km and forms the north west border of China.

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