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    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.

    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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    • 22:34

      German Defence Minister Expresses Condolences to Ukraine Over Plane Crash Near Kharkiv

      BERLIN (Sputnik) – German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has expressed condolences to Ukraine over the deadly crash of the AN-26 military transport plane in the Kharkiv Region.

      "We have received awful news from Ukraine about the tragic crash of the military plane. Our thoughts are with relatives of the victims, and we express our condolences. We wish soon and full recovery to those injured," Kramp-Karrenbauer said on late Friday, as quoted by the German Defence Ministry.

    • 22:28

      EU Foreign Policy Chief Expresses Condolences to Ukraine Over Plane Crash Near Kharkiv

      BRUSSELS (Sputnik) – EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has expressed condolences to Ukraine over the deadly crash of the AN-26 military transport plane in the Kharkiv Region.

      "Just learned about the tragic military plane crash this evening in Chuhuiv, Ukraine. My thoughts are with the families and friends of those who lost their lives. My condolences on behalf of the EU to President @ZelenskyyUa, [Foreign] Minister @DmytroKuleba and @DefenceU Minister Taran," Borrell wrote on his Twitter page on late Friday.

    • 21:08

      27, Not 28 People on Board Crashed AN-26 Plane in Kharkiv Region - Ukrainian Authorities

      There were 27 people on board the crashed AN-26 plane, not 28, as one of the cadets was not allowed to fly.

      "According to the airfield dispatcher, there were 27 people on board, one cadet was not allowed to fly", the State Service for Emergency Situations of Ukraine said in a statement.

    • 20:58

      At Least 25 Killed in AN-26 Plane Crash in Kharkiv Region - Ukrainian Attorney General

      The death toll in the crash of an AN-26 military plane has risen to 25, according to the office of the Ukrainian Attorney General.

      "As for the moment, according to preliminary information, 25 people have died, two injured people in critical condition have been delivered to medical facilities, the search for others is underway," the statement said on late Friday.

      Earlier, the governor of the Kharkiv region confirmed 22 victims, adding that 2 people had survived, while the fate of 4 was unknown.

    • 20:38

      Preliminary Data Shows AN-26 Pilot Reported Left Engine Failure Before Crash in Kharkiv Region - Governor

      According to the Kharkiv governor, preliminary data shows that the pilot of the A-26 military aircraft had reported a failure in the left engine just before the plane crashed, and cadets who survived the incident managed to leap out of the plane before the crash.

    • 20:05

      Engine Failure Reportedly Caused AN-26 Military Crash in Kharkiv Region

      The commander of the AN-26 military aircraft that crashed in Kharkiv region said via radio that there were problems with the plane's engine, Ukrainian media reported, citing Ukrainian Defence Ministry source.

    • 19:18

      Special Commision to Be Created Regarding AN-26 Crash in Kharkiv

      A special commision to investigate the AN-26 military plane crash in Kharkiv region will be created in Ukraine, according to the Ukrainian President's office.

    • 19:15

      Zelensky Will Visit Kharkiv Region Where AN-26 Military Plane Crashed on Saturday

      "We are urgently creating a commission to investigate all the circumstances and causes of the tragedy. I gave the relevant instructions to the Prime Minister. A search team is already working on the spot. Tomorrow I will be in the Kharkiv region", Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky wrote via Telegram.

    • 19:11

      At Least 22 Killed, 2 Survived, 4 Unknown in AN-26 Military Plane Crash - Kharkiv Region Governor

      At least 22 people were killed in the AN-26 military plane crash in Kharkiv, while 2 people survived, and the fate of 4 is unknown, Kharkiv region governor said.

      "[I am] at the scene. According to preliminary information, there were 28 people on board, including 7 officers and 21 cadets. Unfortunately, 22 people died, two survived (one in critical condition), the fate of four at this moment is unknown. We pray for life, we provide emergency assistance," he said in Telegram.

    • 19:08

      There Were 28 People on Board of Crashed AN-26: 7 Crew Members And 21 Cadets - Ukrainian Deputy Interior Minister

      Earlier, the Interior Ministry said on Facebook that 23 people were aboard of the crashed AN-26 military plane in Kharkiv.

      "There were 23 people on board (5 crew members and 18 cadets). Information about those killed and injured is being specified," the ministry said on Facebook.

    • 19:04

      AN-26 Crash in Kharkiv Region Killed At Least 20 People, Another 2 Seriously Injured - Ukrainian Interior Ministry

      According to the ministry, at least 20 people were killed in the crash, with another two hospitalized in serious condition. Initially, 18 casualties were confirmed.

      Earlier, Interior Ministry said that the Ukrainian military aircraft An-26, which crashed near Kharkiv, carried 23 people: five crew members and 18 cadets. 

    • 18:57

      Video From Plane Crash Scene Emerges Online

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