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26 Sep. 2020 / 08:00

Ukraine military plane crash: Cadets among at least 22 people killed

At least 22 people, most of them air cadets, have been killed in a military plane crash in Ukraine, officials say, BBC reports.

The aircraft, an Antonov-26, came down near the eastern city of Kharkiv as it was landing.

The plane was carrying cadets from Kharkiv Air Force University and was on a training flight. Emergency ministry officials say 27 people were on board.

Two were seriously injured, and a search operation is continuing into the night for three missing people.

The cause of the crash is being investigated.

The plane came down about 2km (1.2 miles) from a military airport in the town of Chuhuiv, the emergency ministry officials say.

There is no suggestion that the crash is linked to the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Chuhuiv is about 100km (60 miles) from the front line where government forces are fighting pro-Russian separatists.

Fire broke out at the site and was later extinguished.

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