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US News Ukraine: 22 dead in the crash of a military Antonov

05:25  26 september  2020
05:25  26 september  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

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A rescuer inspects wreckages of the Ukrainian military Antonov An-26 plane after crashing outside of Chuhuiv town 2 / 2 . The crash happened around 2 km (1.2 miles) from a military airport, the State Emergency Service of Ukraine said in a statement.

A Ukrainian military plane carrying aviation school students crashed and burst into flames Friday while landing, killing 22 people, the country’s emergencies Reports said that the plane had a military crew and that most of those aboard were students at an aviation university run by the defense ministry.

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At least 22 people, mostly students of a military school in their twenties, were killed and two others seriously injured in the crash of a military plane on Friday evening near Kharkiv, in eastern Ukraine.

An AFP journalist saw this partially destroyed Antonov An-26 transport plane near a road surrounded by police.

Images released by authorities on social media showed the device in flames. In photos released by the emergency services, firefighters spray its debris.

"22 people died," Deputy Interior Minister Anton Guerachtchenko told AFP.

"Most of them (were) students" of the Ukrainian Air Force Institute in Kharkiv, the air force added in a statement.

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Twenty - two have been confirmed dead , two are injured and “the search for three more people continues”, the emergency services said. In 2002, a Su-27 fell into the crowd at an airshow in Lviv in the western Ukraine killing 77 people and injuring 165 others. The Antonov An-26 is a light transport

The Antonov An-124 Ruslan is a large, strategic airlift, four-engined aircraft that was designed in the 1980s by the Antonov design bureau in the Ukrainian SSR, then part of the Soviet Union (USSR).

Two people were injured and three others missing, according to the latest report from the State Service for Emergencies.

Last minute refusal

The previous assessment reported 22 dead, two injured and four missing out of a total of 28 people on board, but it turned out that a student, initially counted among the missing, did not been admitted on board.

"Student Oleksandr Khartchenko was not admitted to this flight at the last minute," the air force said, adding that seven crew members and 20 students were on board.

The injured are in "critical" condition, regional governor Oleksiï Koutcher said on Facebook.

"Terrible tragedy," lamented Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Facebook, announcing that he would go there on Saturday.

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A military transport plane carrying aviation school students crashed and burst into flames in northeastern Ukraine on Friday, killing at least 22 people on The plane, an Antonov 26, crashed while attempting to land at the airport in Chuhuiv, about 400 kilometers (250 miles) east of Kyiv and 2

EU Foreign Minister Josep Borrell sent his condolences to the families and friends of "those who lost their lives" on Twitter.

Training flight

President Zelensky ordered the "urgent establishment of a government commission to elucidate the circumstances and causes" of the disaster.

The public prosecutor's office announced in a statement that it had opened an investigation for "violation of the flight rules".

This Antonov An-26 military transport plane crashed on landing at around 8:50 p.m. local time (5:50 p.m. GMT) two kilometers from Chugouiv military airport, according to the State Service for Emergency Situations .

The aircraft caught fire after the crash and the fire could be extinguished an hour later.

The small town of Tchugouïv is located about thirty kilometers south-east of Kharkiv and about one hundred kilometers west of the front line which separates the territories which are under the control of the Ukrainian government from those which are in the hands of pro-Russian separatists.

"According to preliminary information, it was a training flight," the Ukrainian presidency said in a statement.

Several military planes have crashed in Ukraine during training flights in recent years.

The Antonov An-26 is a light transport aircraft designed in Ukraine during Soviet times. 24 meters long, it can fly at a cruising speed of 440 km / h.

Largely inherited from the Soviet era, the Ukrainian army, which suffered from a chronic lack of funding, was in a sorry state until the start of the war with the separatists in the east in 2014.

Since then, Kiev helped by the West tried to modernize it but experts consider the results as mixed.

09/26/2020 00:48:02 - TCHOUGOUÏV (Ukraine) (AFP) - © 2020 AFP

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