At least 22 killed, 2 survived, 4 unknown in AN-26 military plane crash

An Air Force Hawk 209 jet fighter crashes in a residential area of Kampar regency, Riau, on Monday morning. (Courtesy of Instagram /@kabarpekanbaru). Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

KHARKOV, Sep 25, 2020, Sputnik. On Friday evening, a video emerged on Telegram showing a plane engulfed in flames on the roadside in the Kharkov region of Ukraine, which prompted the National Police of Ukraine to dispatch an investigative and operational group to verify the information, Sputnik News reported.

An An-26 plane has crashed near the city of Chuguev in the Kharkov region of Ukraine during landing, Ukrainian Air Force Command said Friday. According to the command, there were injuries and deaths, but the head of the Kharkov region, Oleksiy Kucher, said that there were also survivors in the crash.

Citing a source in the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, local news agency Depo.Kharkiv reported that there were cadets on board. If they were trained on the AN-26Sh, there could be 10 cadets and one instructor on the plane, the media outlet said.

According to the agency’s source, the disaster occurred at about 20.45 (17:45 GMT) near the city of Chuguev. The source added that the cadets of the Kharkov Air Force University performed a training flight on the plane.

“It is far from the airfield, near the [Rostov] highway,” the source added.

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