Embassy: Information on Azerbaijani citizen among passengers of crashed plane in Kazakhstan disproved (UPDATE )
Details added (the last version published at 17:05)
Kazakhstan, Astana, Jan. 29 /Trend, D. Mukhtarov/
Kazakhstan has denied reports of the presence of an Azerbaijani citizen aboard the plane that crashed near Almaty. This was told to Trend by Azerbaijani Ambassador to Astana Zakir Ghashimov, as well as by sources in the transport prosecutor's office of Kazakhstan.
Earlier it was reported that one of the victims of the plane crash, Akram Nizamov was a citizen of Azerbaijan.
According to Ghashimov, Nizamov was a stateless Uzbek. Nizamov purchased his ticket using his Kazakh residence permit, not a passport.
The hot line of the republican crisis center in Astana told Trend that Akram Nizamov was born on August 4, 1977. Nizamov was of Uzbek heritage and had Kyrgyz citizenship. He had a Kazakh residence permit.
On January 29, 2013, at about 13:00, a Challenger-200 aircraft belonging to SCAT Airlines, flight № 760 en route from Kokshetau to Almaty crashed 5 kilometers short of the runway in Almaty.
According to preliminary information, the accident was caused by thick fog.
Criminal proceedings are underway. An investigation of the incident is to be carried by the special government commission. 21 people were killed in the crash.