Russian rescuers ready to help clean up Almaty air crash aftermath

Russian rescuers are ready to help clean up the aftermath of Tuesday's air crash near Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Russian Emergency Situations Minister Vladimir Puchkov presented condolences and offered help in the message to his Kazakh counterpart Vladimir Bozhko, ministry spokesperson Irina Rossius told Interfax.

"Russian and Kazakh rescuers, who have endured natural and man-made calamities more than once, are well aware that it is sometimes impossible to prevent a tragedy and to save lives," the message runs.

"Russian rescuers stay together with you at this difficult moment; they are ready to help. Just let us know what we can do for you," Puchkov said.

SCAT flight DV760 from Kokshetau to Almaty hit the ground while making a second approach to the Almaty Airport runway in bad weather on Tuesday. Experts said the Challenger-200 fell about 1.5 kilometers short of the runway. Twenty-one people, including five crewmembers and 16 passengers, died in the crash.

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