Patrol plane with 27 aboard reported down in Kazakhstan

Story highlights

  • Security agency says 20 servicemen, 7 crew members were on the AN-72 aircraft
  • The acting border patrol chief was aboard
  • A Russian news outlet said it crashed in southern Kazakhstan
A Kazakhstan border patrol plane with 27 people on board has crashed, the country's National Security Committee said Tuesday.
Twenty servicemen and seven crew members were on the AN-72 plane when it crashed in southern Kazakhstan, in central Asia, the committee said in a statement.
Turganbek Stambekov, the temporary director of Kazakhstan's border patrol service, was among those on board, the committee said.
The statement was reported by Russian and Kazakh news outlets.
The head of the regional emergency services department, Valikhan Derezhepov, said the plane went off radar screens about 5 p.m. Moscow time and a resident called rescuers within minutes to say he saw a plane crashing, Russian state-run RIA Novosti reported.
First responders raced to the scene, near the city of Chimkent. Kazakh authorities are investigating.