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Military aircraft crashes in north-eastern Ukraine, killing at least 22

Ukraine's military has confirmed reports of a crash involving an An-26 plane, said to have killed at least 22. Dramatic footage from the scene has surfaced online, showing the aircraft in flames as it lies by the side of the road.

The turboprop plane crashed late on Friday as it was about to land at an airfield outside the town of Chuguev. The governor of the Kharkov region, Alexey Kucher, said that according to preliminary information, 22 of the 28 people on board were killed.

Most of the plane has seemingly disintegrated upon impact and in the subsequent fire, disturbing imagery circulating online suggests. The tail section of the plane, however, remains largely intact.

The local governor also added that, of the 28 people on board, seven were military officers and 21 were cadets with the Kharkov National Air Force University.

Authorities have not yet commented on the possible reasons behind the crash, though local media have cited sources who said the plane crashed due to engine malfunction.

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(Source: rt.com; September 25, 2020; https://on.rt.com/ar59)
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