Two crashes in Kazakhstan, Myanmar kill 30

A military transport plane crashed in southern Kazakhstan on Tuesday, killing all 27 people on board, the RIA news agency quoted a senior Kazakh emergencies ministry official as saying.

"The plane has burnt up, only some of its fragments remain," RIA quoted the head of the regional emergencies department as saying.

Kazakh TV channel KTK said the plane had disappeared from radar screens about 1900 local time (1300 GMT) as it was making a descent near the city of Shymkent, capital of the South Kazakhstan Region.

Kazakhstan's KNB security service said the plane, bound for Shymkent from the capital Astana, belonged to its border troops.

The commander of the country's border guards, Turganbek Stambekov, was among those on board, it said on its site (www.knb.kz).

The plane was carrying a crew of seven as well as 20 servicemen.

KTK TV quoted its sources as saying the Antonov An-72 plane had plunged to the ground in bad weather from an altitude of about 800 metres.

It broadcast footage of an eyewitness saying he had heard a loud explosion and had seen flames at the crash site.

In a separate incident, a flight packed with Christmas tourists crash-landed on a road in central Myanmar on Tuesday, killing three people and injuring 11, officials said.

Four foreigners were among the injured on the Air Bagan flight, the airline said. It said the fatalities were all Myanmar citizens: a tour guide and an 11-year-old child on board the plane and a man riding a motorcycle on the road where the plane came down.

The flight was carrying 63 passengers, including 51 foreigners, and six crew members from Mandalay to Heho airport in Shan State, the gateway to a popular tourist destination, Inle Lake, Air Bagan said in a brief statement on its Facebook page.

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