A Ukrainian military plane carrying aviation school students crashed and burst into flames Friday while landing, killing 22 aviation students. The cadets were from the Kharkiv University of Air Force, which is run by the defense ministry.
The Antonov An-26 aircraft crashed while trying to land during a training exercise, the General Staff of the Armed Forces Ruslan Khomchak said in a statement, adding that at least two more people were critically injured.
Pictures taken later showed rescue workers inspecting the wreckage near the town of Chuhuiv. An investigation has started on what caused the crash. One pilot reported failure in the left engine of the twin-engine plane, said Oleksiy Kucher, the governor of the Kharkiv region, according to Interfax Ukraine.
“A state commission is being created to identify all the circumstances and causes of this disaster. Search and rescue work continues on the spot,” President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s office said. Zelenskiy will travel to the area on Saturday.
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