Military plane, The Antonov An-26 transport is reported to have exploded as it hit the ground while coming into land near the town of Chuguyev, in the east of the country.
The incident which occurred around 1.2 miles from a military airport was said to be carrying airforce cadets killing 22 out of the 28 persons on board.
According to the State Emergency Service of Ukraine in a statement:
“The bodies of 22 people were found, two people were injured and the search for four people continues,”
The plane was carrying students of the Kharkiv Aviation University of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Kyiv Post reports.
Reacting to the incident, President Zelensky said: “A horrible tragedy. We are immediately starting a government commission to investigate what caused it.”
The Ukrainian Air Force said in statement: “The plane crashed on landing.
“In addition to the crew, cadets of the Kharkiv University of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were on board the plane. There are dead and injured.”
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