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4 killed, 2 injured in military transport aircraft crash in Kazakhstan

Photo taken on March 13, 2021 shows the site of an aircraft crash at the airport in Almaty, Kazakhstan. /Xinhua

Four people died and two more were injured after a military plane crashed while trying to land in Kazakhstan's largest city Almaty, authorities said.

"According to preliminary data, four people died, and two injured were sent to the nearest hospital," the emergencies ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

The An-26 military aircraft was traveling to Almaty from the capital Nur-Sultan, the ministry in the Central Asian country said.

Communication with the aircraft ceased at around 17:20 pm local time (1120 GMT) "during the landing approach at the Almaty airport," the airport said, adding that the aircraft crashed at the end of the runway.

The cause of the crash was not immediately clear.

The Russian news agency Interfax reported that the plane belonged to Kazakhstan's border guard agency.