Ukraine Military Plane Crash: Cadets among at Least 22 People Killed

At least 22 people, most of them air cadets, have been killed in a military plane crash in Ukraine, the BBC reports.

The aircraft, an Antonov-26, came down near the eastern city of Kharkiv as it was landing. The plane was carrying cadets from Kharkiv Air Force University and was on a training flight. Emergency ministry officials say 27 people were on board.

Two were seriously injured, and a search operation is continuing into the night for three missing people.

The cause of the crash is being investigated.

"It's a shock," Deputy Interior Minister Anton Gerashchenko told AFP news agency. "At the moment, it's impossible to establish the cause."

Responding to the incident, President Volodymyr Zelensky said that it is a terrible tragedy.

He added that a government commission will be involved in the investigation.

Update: Based on the latest reports, 25 people died as a result of the crash of the Ukrainian military plane.

By Ana Dumbadze 

Source: BBC

26 September 2020 10:28