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At least 22 people, including army cadets, are killed in a plane crash in Ukraine


At least 22 people, including army cadets, are killed in a plane crash in Ukraine and two others are seriously injured

  • The transport plane was carrying 28 passengers when it crashed and caught fire in the Ukrainian city of Chuhuiv
  • The deputy interior minister said it was impossible to determine the cause of the crash, in which 22 people were killed
  • An urgent investigation into the crash was commissioned by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

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At least 22 people, including military cadets, were killed and two more seriously injured on Friday when a Ukrainian air force plane crashed near Kharkiv in the east of the country.

The transport plane was carrying a total of 28 passengers when it crashed and went up in flames in the Ukrainian city of Chuhuiv.

Deputy Interior Minister Anton Gerashchenko said: "Twenty-two people died, the search for two more people continues."

The transport plane was carrying a total of 28 passengers when it crashed and went up in flames in the Ukrainian city of Chuhuiv

Deputy Interior Minister Anton Gerashchenko said: "Twenty-two people died, the search for two more people continues."

Deputy Interior Minister Anton Gerashchenko said: "Twenty-two people died, the search for two more people continues."

Wreck of an AN-26 military plane seen following a crash in Chuguyiv city after crashing and catching fire on Friday night

Wreck of an AN-26 military plane seen following a crash in Chuguyiv city after crashing and catching fire on Friday night

The transport plane carried a total of 28 passengers in the crash, including 21 military students and seven crew members.

"It's a shock," he added. "At the moment it is impossible to determine the cause of the crash."

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he would travel to the region on Saturday.

"We are urgently forming a commission to investigate all the circumstances and causes of the tragedy," he wrote on Facebook.

Firefighters at the Antonov An-26 plane crash site on Friday night as they tried desperately to put out the flames

Firefighters at the Antonov An-26 plane crash site on Friday night as they tried desperately to put out the flames

It took firefighters about an hour to extinguish the burning wreckage of the plane

It took firefighters about an hour to extinguish the burning wreckage of the plane

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he would travel to the region on Saturday. "We are urgently forming a commission to investigate all the circumstances and causes of the tragedy," he wrote on Facebook

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he would travel to the region on Saturday. "We are urgently forming a commission to investigate all the circumstances and causes of the tragedy," he wrote on Facebook

The Antonov-26 transport plane crashed around 8:50 p.m. local time (5:50 GMT), two kilometers from the Chuhuiv military airfield, the rescue services said

The Antonov-26 transport plane crashed around 8:50 p.m. local time (5:50 GMT), two kilometers from the Chuhuiv military airfield, the rescue services said

The city of Chuhuiv is about 30 kilometers southeast of Kharkiv and 100 kilometers west of the front line with the pro-Russian separatists

The city of Chuhuiv is about 30 kilometers southeast of Kharkiv and 100 kilometers west of the front line with the pro-Russian separatists

Pictured is an Antonov AN-26 troop transport aircraft of the Slovak Air Force (the same type that crashed in Ukraine last night).

Pictured is an Antonov AN-26 troop transport aircraft of the Slovak Air Force (the same type that crashed in Ukraine last night).

The Antonov-26 transport plane crashed around 8:50 p.m. local time (5:50 GMT), two kilometers from the Chuhuiv military airfield, the rescue services said.

The plane caught fire after the crash and was extinguished after an hour.

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

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