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22 die in Ukrainian mil­i­tary trans­porter plane crash

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>>KYIV: A mil­i­tary trans­port plane car­ry­ing air force cadets crashed and burst into flames near a high­way in north­east­ern Ukraine on Fri­day evening, killing at least 22 peo­ple on board, of­fi­cials said.

The Antonov An-26 air­craft crashed while try­ing to land dur­ing a train­ing ex­er­cise, the Gen­eral Staff of the Armed Forces Rus­lan Khom­chak said, adding that at least two more peo­ple were crit­i­cally in­jured.

Video posted by Deputy In­te­rior Min­is­ter An­ton Gerashchen­ko on Face­book showed the plane in flames ly­ing near a road and smoke bil­low­ing up­wards in the night sky.

Footage taken later showed res­cue work­ers in­spect­ing the smok­ing wreck­age near the town of Chuhuiv.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion has started on what caused the crash.

One pi­lot re­ported fail­ure in the left en­gine of the twin-en­gined plane, said Olek­siy Kucher, the gover­nor of the Kharkiv re­gion, ac­cord­ing to In­ter­fax Ukraine, adding this would not have been a crit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion for an ex­pe­ri­enced pi­lot.

Cit­ing pre­lim­i­nary in­for­ma­tion, Mr Kucher said some of the peo­ple on board man­aged to jump out of the plane when it was at low al­ti­tude.

An eye­wit­ness who was driv­ing along the road to­wards Chuhuiv told re­porters he saw a man in flames run­ning from the plane af­ter it crashed.

“An­other car stopped be­hind us. We took a fire ex­tin­guisher and ran with an­other driver to help him,” said Mr Yaroslav, who gave only his first name. An­other man came from the plane. He had a cut on his head. We pulled him to the op­po­site side [of the road]. The one who was on fire, we put the fire out.”

The crash hap­pened around 2 kilo­me­tres from a mil­i­tary air­port, the State Emer­gency Ser­vice of Ukraine said. It said 27 peo­ple had been on board the plane. The cadets were from the Kharkiv Air Force Univer­sity, which is run by the de­fence min­istry.

“A state com­mis­sion is be­ing cre­ated to iden­tify the causes of this dis­as­ter. Search and res­cue work con­tin­ues on the spot,” Pres­i­dent Volodymyr Ze­len­skiy’s of­fice said. Mr Ze­len­skiy will travel to the area to­day.

 ??  ?? GRIM TOLL: Rescuers and ex­perts work on the place of The Antonov An-26 air­craft crash at Chuhuiv mil­i­tary air base about 30km south­east of Kharkiv.
GRIM TOLL: Rescuers and ex­perts work on the place of The Antonov An-26 air­craft crash at Chuhuiv mil­i­tary air base about 30km south­east of Kharkiv.

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