Military Plane Crash, At least 22 people killed


Ukraine: At least 22 people killed in a military plane crash and two others were seriously injured on Friday. The plane was carrying cadets from Kharkiv Air Force University on a training flight. The aircraft, an Antonov-26, crashed near Kharkiv in the east of the country, the interior ministry said.

a search operation is continuing into the night for three missing people. The cause of the crash is being investigated. The plane came down about 2km (1.2 miles) from a military airport in the town of Chuhuiv, the emergency ministry officials say.

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There were 27 people on board, 20 cadets and seven crew, it added. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky described the crash as a “terrible tragedy” and said he would travel to the Kharkiv region on Saturday. Fire broke out at the site and was later extinguished.

The body of the plane burst into flames on landing and firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze after an hour. The town of Chuhuiv is around 30 kilometres southeast of Kharkiv and 100 kilometres west of the front line where government forces are fighting pro-Russian separatists.

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