Disasters & Accidents

26 killed in Ukrainian military plane crash

Moscow, Sep 26 (efe-epa).- Twenty-six people, many of them air cadets, were killed in a military plane crash in Ukraine.

An Antonov An-26 aircraft came down during a training flight at a military airport in the Kharkiv region in the northeast of the country on Friday.

Officials said the bodies of 25 victims were recovered at the scene, one person died in hospital and another was seriously injured and was receiving medical treatment.

The military plane caught fire and crashed about two kilometers from the military airport.

It was carrying 27 people including seven officers and 20 cadets from Kharkiv air force academy.

Initially, 28 people were scheduled to fly in the An-26, a twin-engine tactical turboprop transport plane, but one of the cadets was unable to take part in the flight at the last moment.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky sent his condolences to the families and friends of the victims.

He declared a day of mourning and announced that an investigation will be carried out into the circumstances of the tragedy.

The president visited the site of the crash on Saturday and demanded detailed information about the composition and technical state of all the military equipment in service.

An investigation committee has started probing the circumstances of the incident.

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