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Ukraine aircraft crash demise toll rises to 26, one survivor reported


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Moscow— Searchers combing the realm the place a Ukrainian army plane crashed discovered two extra our bodies Saturday, bringing the demise toll to 26. One particular person survived.

The aircraft, a twin-turboprop Antonov-26 belonging to the Ukrainian air power, used to be sporting a staff of 7 and 20 cadets of an army aviation faculty when it crashed and burst into flames Friday night time whilst coming in for touchdown on the airport in Chuhuiv, about 400 kilometers (250 miles) east of the capital Kyiv.

Two other people to begin with survived the crash, however one later died in a health facility. No motive for the crash has been made up our minds.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy declared Saturday to be an afternoon of mourning for the crash sufferers and ordered that flights of An-26 planes be halted pending investigation into the reason for the crash.

Zelenskiy, who visited the crash house Saturday, known as for a complete overview of the situation of the rustic’s army apparatus. Prime Minister Denis Shygal known as for an professional record at the crash via Oct. 25.

“Yesterday we misplaced younger cadets and skilled army males, who had their entire lives and, I’m certain, a couple of army feat forward of them,” Zelenskiy said in a statement released by his office. “The whole country will mourn today with their families.”

Deputy Defense Minister Igor Starobinksy said the families of the dead would each be paid compensation of about 1 500 000 hryvna ($56,000).

The An-26 is a transport plane used by both military and civilian operators. Nearly 1,400 of the planes were manufactured from 1969 to 1986, according to the company’s website. Defense Minister Andrei Taran said the plane that crashed was built in 1977.

An An-26 chartered by a contractor for the World Food Program crashed on Aug. 22 while taking off from Juba in South Sudan, killing seven people.

The crash was the second large air disaster to afflict Ukraine this year. In January, a Boeing 737 belonging to Ukraine International Airlines was shot down shortly after takeoff from the airport in Tehran, Iran, killing all 176 people aboard.

The plane was shot down by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards amid high tensions after the United States killed a top general in a drone strike.

This story has been corrected to show that it was the prime minister, not the president, who called for the official report.

Associated Press