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27 believed dead in Kazakh military plane crash

Published on Dec 26, 2012 6:38 AM

ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AFP) - A military aircraft carrying 27 people including top members of the Kazakhstan border guard crashed on Tuesday in the south of the country with all those on board believed dead, officials said.

The KNB security service said the An-72 military transport was carrying seven crew and 20 servicemen, including the acting head of the Kazakh federal border service Turganbek Stambekov.

The Interfax-Kazakhstan news agency said those on board also included one of Stambekov's deputies, as well as top regional guards commanders.

The plane crashed 20km from Shymkent airport in the south of Kazakhstan where it had been due to land after a flight from the capital Astana.

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