Military plane crashes in Ukraine, killing 22

Reports said that the plane had a military crew and that most of those aboard were students at an aviation university run by the defense ministry. (Photo courtesy: @TSgdalinka via Twitter)

A Ukrainian military plane carrying aviation school students crashed and burst into flames Friday while landing, killing 22 people, the country’s emergencies service said.

Two other people on board were seriously injured and four people were missing. The An-26 crashed while landing at the airport in Chuhuiv, about 400 kilometers east of the capital Kyiv.

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Reports said that the plane had a military crew and that most of those aboard were students at an aviation university run by the defense ministry.

There were no immediate indications of what caused the crash.

The crash happened around 2 kilometers from a military airport, the State Emergency Service of Ukraine said in a statement.

“The bodies of 22 people were found, two people were injured and the search for four people continues,” it said.

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Last Update: Saturday, 26 September 2020 KSA 23:22 - GMT 20:22
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