Ukraine plane crash kills 22 as military aircraft bursts into fireball

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Ukraine plane crash kills 22 as military aircraft bursts into fireball

In a plane crash in Ukraine, 22 people were killed after a military plane went up in flames.

The plane landed near the city of Kharkiv when it landed near a highway.

It was believed to be carrying Kharkiv Air Force University cadets and was on a training flight at 27 on board.

A search operation continues all night.

The Antonov An-26 plane crashed while attempting to land during a training exercise, the Armed Forces General Staff Ruslan Khomchak said in a statement, adding that at least two other people were seriously injured.

A rescue operation for others believed to be trapped in the rubble continues.

It was assumed that there were five crew members on board and 22 other passengers.

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Deputy Interior Minister Anton Gerashchenko’s video on Facebook showed the plane in flames near a road and smoke in the night sky.

Later footage showed rescue workers inspecting the smoking wreck near Chuhuiv town.

An investigation has been launched into what caused the crash.

A pilot reported a left engine failure on the twin-engine aircraft, said Oleksiy Kucher, the governor of the Kharkiv region, according to Interfax Ukraine. This was not a critical situation for an experienced pilot.

Citing preliminary information, Kucher said that some people on board managed to jump off the plane when it was at low altitude.

An eyewitness driving down the road towards Chuhuiv told Reuters that he saw a man on fire who ran out of the plane after it crashed.

“Another car stopped behind us. We took a fire extinguisher and ran with another driver to help him,” said Jaroslaw, who only gave his first name.

“Another man came off the plane. He had a cut on his head. We pulled him to the opposite side (the street). The one on fire put out the fire.”

The plane crashed about 2 km from a military airport in Chuhuiv city, according to officials from the Emergency Department.

Initial reports said that one of the engines was malfunctioning, although this was not confirmed by the authorities.

Footage and images from the scene seem to show that the plane crashed next to a main road. Some drivers filmed the inferno from their cars as they drove by.

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Fire broke out on the construction site and was later extinguished.

Pictures of the scene show firefighters dimming the flames as debris lays across the curb and what appears to be a two-lane road.

Deputy Interior Minister Anton Gerashchenko told the AFP news agency. “It’s a shock.

“At the moment it is impossible to determine the cause.”

President Volodymyr Zelensky plans to visit the region tomorrow, reports the BBC.

A commission was also set up to investigate what happened.

The President’s Office said in a statement: “A state commission is being set up to investigate all the circumstances and causes of this disaster.

“The search and rescue work will continue on site.”

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