Military Antonov An-26 crashes in Eastern Ukraine; 26 dead, only one survivor

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On 25 September, an Antonov An-26 military aircraft (registration currently unknown) crashed in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region, east of the country. The aircraft  with 27 people onboard – including 18 cadets of the Kozhedub Air Force University and 5 crew members – was about to land on an airfield outside the town of Chuhuiv. 

Civil defence authorities in Kyiv said that at least 22 onboard have been killed and two badly burned survivors have been hospitalised.

The Antonov An-26 is a twin-engined turboprop civilian and military aircraft manufactured near Kyiv between 1969 and 1986 when Ukraine was still part of the Soviet Union.

UPDATE: The death toll has risen to 26 people. Only one 20-year old cadet survived. He was visited in hospital by the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky.

Following footage from the scene appeared on social media and shows the flaming aircraft lying by the side of a road.

 

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