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At least 22 people died and 2 seriously injured in Ukraine military plane crash


At least 22 people killed in a plane crash in Ukraine on Friday while carrying cadets from Kharkiv Air Force University and was on a training flight at the time of the crash, officials said.

Two people were seriously injured. The cause of the crash is not yet known.

"Twenty-two people died," Deputy Interior Minister Anton Gerashchenko told AFP, adding that "the search for two other people is continuing".

The aircraft, an Antonov-26, came down on the outskirts of the eastern city of Kharkiv as it was landing. The crash occurred at around 20:50 local time (19:50 CET) near the eastern city of Chuhuyiv, in the Kharkiv region, some two kilometres away from a military airport.

The 28 people on board the AN-26 plane were military pilots and cadets of the Kozhedub Air Force University. The ministry had initially said that 24 people were on the plane when it crashed.

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