In this televised capture released by the Ukrainian Ministry of Emergency Situations, an AN-26 military plane catches fire after crashing in the town of Chuguyiv near Kharkiv, Ukraine, Friday, September 25, 2020. Among 28 people on board , 22 people were killed. (Photo: Ministry of Emergency Situations via AP)
“Twenty-two people are dead,” Deputy Interior Minister Anton Gerashchenko told AFP, adding that “the search for two more people is continuing”.
The transport plane was carrying a total of 28 passengers when it crashed, including 21 military students and seven crew members, he said.
“It’s a shock,” he added. “At the moment, it is not possible to establish the cause” of the crash. ”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced he would visit the region on Saturday.
“We urgently create a commission to investigate all the circumstances and causes of the tragedy,” he wrote on Facebook.
The Antonov-26 transport plane crashed at around 8:50 p.m. local time (5:50 p.m. GMT), two kilometers (1 mile) from the Chuhuiv military airbase, emergency services said.
The plane caught fire after the accident and extinguished after an hour.
The city of Chuhuiv lies about 30 kilometers southeast of Kharkiv and 100 kilometers west of the front line with pro-Russian separatists.
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