A military plane crashed in Ukraine. According to the initial findings, 22 people died in the accident. The background is still unclear.
At least 22 people died in the crash of an Antonov AN-26 military plane in Eastern Ukraine. The civil defense announced this in Kiev on Friday evening. Accordingly, there were also survivors of the Chuhujiw disaster in the Kharkiv region. Authorities spoke of a total of 28 people on board the machine. Two injured were rescued.
The cause of the crash was initially unclear. President Volodymyr Selenskyj announced that he would get an idea of the situation on the spot on Saturday. Area Governor Alexej Kutschera announced that there were dead and wounded. He was on his way to the scene of the accident, he wrote on the Telegram news channel. The Ukrainian military also confirmed the crash on Facebook.
Above all, there were Air Force University students on board, he said. It should have been a training flight. The plane crashed on approaching the runway.
Photos posted on social networks showed a wreck burning in the dark. Moments later, there were videos of the debris removed, which was widespread in an uninhabited area with trees.
21 students on board
In total, there were seven crew members and 21 university students on board, he said. Two prisoners were seriously injured. The health of the rest of the people on board was unclear. They were officially missing, as the civil defense announced. Previously, authorities had kept increasing the number of deaths.
The region is located about 40 kilometers from the Russian border in the east of crisis-ridden Ukraine, but not in the war zone there. War is officially raging in parts of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions, 250 kilometers from the crash site. There, Russian-backed separatists are confronted by Ukrainian government forces. The United Nations estimates that more than 13,000 people have been killed in the war since 2014.