Four people died and two were injured today in the fall of a military plane attempting to land in Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan’s largest city, officials announced.
“According to preliminary data, four people died and two wounds were transported to the nearest hospital,” the Ministry of Emergency Situations of this Central Asian country said in a statement.
Alma-Ata airport (south) indicated that communication with the Antonov-26 ended at approximately 17:20 local (11:20 in Lisbon) “during the approach phase” for landing “then the aircraft fell at the end of the track”.
The Kazakh Ministry said the aircraft was flying from the capital Nur-Sultan to Alma-Ata. No reasons were given for what happened, but at the time of the fall, there was a heavy fog.
According to the Russian news agency Interfax, the plane belonged to the National Security Committee, Kazakh special services.
Kazakhstan’s President, Kassym-Jomart Tokaiev, offered condolences for the victims in a message via the social network Twitter and announced that “work has started to clarify the causes of the catastrophe”.
Source: with Agencies