At least 25 killed in a military plane crash in Ukraine’s northeastern Kharkiv region

The Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine confirmed that on September 25 at least 25 people died in a military plane crash in Ukraine’s northeastern Kharkiv region. The An-26 aircraft of the Air Force of Ukraine crashed while making a landing at the airport in Chuguev city. A total of 28 people, including cadets of the Kharkov National University of the Air Force and crew members were on board the plane.

While two in serious condition were rushed to the hospital, the search for others is underway. As per the office, criminal proceedings have been instituted over the violation of flight rules, due to which the crash happened and claimed several lives.

According to the head of the Kharkiv Regional Administration Oleksiy Kucher, the pilot, before the plane crash, reported failure in the left engine and also noted that such a situation is not critical for an experienced pilot. A further investigation is necessary to find the exact cause of the tragedy.

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