Investigators found two more bodies Saturday in the crash site of a Ukrainian military plane, bringing the death toll to 26. One person survived.
The twin-turboprop Antonov-26 aircraft of the Ukrainian Air Force, carrying crew of seven and 20 cadets from the military aviation school, crashed and burst into flames while arriving for landing at the airport in Chuhuyev on Friday night. , 400 km east of the capital Kyiv.
Two people survived the crash, but one later died at the hospital. The cause of the crash has not been determined.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Saturday declared a day of mourning for the victims and ordered the suspension of U-26 aircraft pending an investigation into the cause of the crash.
Zhelenski, who visited the crash site on Saturday, called for a full assessment of the condition of the country’s military equipment and said it wanted an official report on the crash by October 25.
My Ukrainian colleague MyDmytroKuleba I spoke with and expressed my condolences on behalf of Canada after the military plane crashed. The tragic loss of so many young lives. I also gave Ukraine any assistance it needed during these difficult times. 🇨🇦🇺🇦
An-26 is a transport aircraft used by military and civilian operators. From 1969 to 1986, nearly 1,400 aircraft were manufactured, according to the company’s website. The age of the plane that crashed on Friday was not immediately reported.
Seven people were killed when a Yan-26 charter designed by a contractor for the World Food Program left Juba, South Sudan, on August 22.