Military plane carrying air force cadets crashes in Ukraine, killing 22

The Courier

Eighteen people were killed and two seriously injured in the crash of an An-26 military plane in Kharkiv region in Ukraine, the press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs reported Friday night.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs says two people reportedly survived, having sustained severe burns to 90% of the body.

According to Ukraine's state emergencies service, the plane had 27 people on board, not 28 as was announced earlier.

Most of the plane has seemingly disintegrated upon impact and in the subsequent fire, disturbing imagery circulating online suggests.

The town of Chuhuiv is around 30 kilometers southeast of Kharkiv and 100 kilometers west of the front line with the pro-Russian separatists.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that he would visit the site on Saturday and a commission was being created to investigate the circumstances that caused the mishap.

The presidency said that according to preliminary information the transport plane crashed during a training flight.

The EU's top diplomat Josep Borrell sent his condolences on behalf of the bloc.

The Ukrainian military also confirmed the crash on Facebook.

He specified that among the crew and cadets there were people from 11 regions of Ukraine.

The An-26 aircraft of the Air Force of Ukraine crashed while landing at the airport in the city of Chuguev. We hope that we have succeeded by giving you the full details and information.

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