Ukraine military plane crash death toll rises to 25

Ukraine plane crash

Military aircraft crashes in north-eastern Ukraine, killing at least 22 (VIDEO)

CCTV camera footage captured the final seconds of the flight of the An-26 aircraft which crashed in Kharkiv region, eastern Ukraine Friday. The regional governor, Oleksiy Kucher, has said that preliminary reports appear to show that the crash was caused by engine failure.

Apart from the crew, the plane had cadets of the Ivan Kozhedub National Air Force University on board, and was performing a training flight. "One cadet was not cleared for the flight", the service said.

Kucher noted that such a situation is not critical for an experienced pilot and the tragedy's exact cause needs further investigation.

On Friday, the plane made six take-offs and five landings, he said.

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The plane caught fire after the crash and was extinguished after one hour.

The town of Chuhuiv is around 30 kilometres southeast of Kharkiv and 100 kilometres west of the front line where government forces are fighting pro-Russian separatists.

According to the information from Ukrainian Prosecutor General's office, 25 of the 27 people on board were killed.

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He specified that among the crew and cadets there were people from 11 regions of Ukraine.

"The bodies of 22 people were found, two people were injured and the search for four people continues", it said.

The crash was the second large air disaster to afflict Ukraine this year.

Moscow has denied the findings of worldwide investigators that a Russian BUK missile hit the Malaysian Airlines flight.

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Zelenskiy, who visited the crash area Saturday, called for a full assessment of the condition of the country's military equipment. We can't provide more details at the moment.

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