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‘Tragedy’: Ukraine Affirms 22 dead after military Airplane crash

Two other men and women are seriously injured and four are still unaccounted for, the ministry stated in a statement.

The crash happened at roughly 20:50 local time (19:50 CET) near the southern city of Chuhuyiv, at the Kharkiv region, some 2 kilometers from a military airport.

The 28 people on board that the AN-26 airplanes were military pilots and cadets of their Kozhedub Air Force University. The ministry had originally stated that 24 people were around the airplane as it crashed.

Mykola Kovalenko, Deputy Head of Kharkiv National Air Force University, stated: “First of all, my profound condolences to relatives and dear ones. It’s a major tragedy for many Ukraine, for our college, for aircrew.”

Components of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, in addition to emergency crews, were discharged at the website together with all the area cordoned off by police.

Flames that had engulfed the airplane were eventually extinguished shortly before 10 pm local time.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy declared in a Facebook article a government commission was tasked with exploring”all of the conditions and causes” of this crash.

He described the episode as”a tragedy” and said he will pay a visit to the scene on Saturday.

The Antonov AN-26 is a twin-engined turboprop military and civilian aircraft fabricated near Kyiv between 1969 and 1986 if Ukraine was part of the Soviet Union.