kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12166 posts, RR: 35 Posted (11 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3511 times:
An An-72 operated by Kazakstan's air force has crashed near Shimkent, in the south of the country, killing all 27 on board, including the recently appointed head of the country's intelligence services.
According to reports, the aircraft fell rapidly from a height of about 800m and "rescuers were not needed".
KC135Hydraulics From United States of America, joined Nov 2012, 227 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (11 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3000 times:
Third world aviation strikes again, unfortunately. It's interesting that it was an AN-72, which is quite an unusual aircraft. I thought it was mostly a novelty and not something commonly used by militaries.
scbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 11791 posts, RR: 48 Reply 3, posted (11 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2906 times:
Quoting KC135Hydraulics (Reply 2): It's interesting that it was an AN-72, which is quite an unusual aircraft. I thought it was mostly a novelty and not something commonly used by militaries.
While only 219 An-72/74s have been built (it is stilll in production), they are widely used by military forces and various government agencies of the following countries (not all current operators):