Military plane crashes in north-eastern Ukraine, killing at the least 22 (VIDEO)

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Ukraine’s army has confirmed reviews of a crash involving an An-26 airplane, stated to have killed at the least 22. Dramatic footage from the scene has surfaced on-line, exhibiting the plane in flames because it lies by the facet of the street.

The turboprop airplane crashed late on Friday because it was about to land at an airfield exterior the city of Chuguev. The governor of the Kharkov area, Alexey Kucher, stated that in line with preliminary data, 22 of the 28 individuals on board had been killed.

Most of the airplane has seemingly disintegrated upon affect and within the subsequent hearth, disturbing imagery circulating on-line suggests. The tail part of the airplane, nevertheless, stays largely intact.

The native governor additionally added that, of the 28 individuals on board, seven had been army officers and 21 had been cadets with the Kharkov National Air Force University.

Kucher stated that there have been two confirmed survivors – each closely burnt, with one in vital situation. The destiny of the remaining 4 is unclear, they might have managed to leap from the airplane earlier than it crashed, the governor stated.

Local media have cited army sources who stated the airplane crashed as a consequence of engine malfunction. The pilot allegedly reported one of many engines breaking down shortly earlier than the affect.