Military plane crash in Ukraine kills at least 25, including cadets

Military plane crash in Ukraine kills at least 25, including cadets”

A Ukrainian military plane carrying aviation school students crashed and burst into flames Friday while landing, killing 22 people, the country's emergencies service said. Air force pilots and cadets were on the plane, the interior ministry said.

Footage taken later showed rescue workers inspecting the smoking wreckage near the town of Chuhuiv. According to the command, there were injuries and deaths, but the head of the Kharkov region, Oleksiy Kucher, said that there were also survivors in the crash. The fate of the remaining four is unclear, they could have managed to jump from the plane before it crashed, the governor said. "The one who was on fire, we put the fire out".

The turboprop plane crashed late on Friday as it was about to land at an airfield outside the town of Chuguev.

The crash happened approximately 2km (1.2 miles) from a military airport, the State Emergency Service of Ukraine said in a statement.

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Local media have cited military sources who said the plane crashed due to engine malfunction.

"A state commission is being created to identify all the circumstances and causes of this disaster".

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he would travel to the region on Saturday.

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