Military plane crashes in Ukraine, killing 22

Rescuers inspect wreckages of the Ukrainian military Antonov An-26 plane after crashing outside of Chuhuiv town, Ukraine September 25, 2020. Press Service of the National Police of Ukraine/Handout via REUTERS reuters_tickers
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KYIV (Reuters) - A military transport plane carrying 28 people crashed and burst into flames in northeastern Ukraine on Friday evening, killing at least 22 people on board, officials said.

Rescue workers were on the scene. Air force pilots and cadets were on the plane, the interior ministry said.

At least two people were injured and taken to hospital in a serious condition, and the search continued for the others, Deputy Interior Minister Anton Gerashchenko said.

The crash happened around 2 km (1.2 miles) from a military airport, the State Emergency Service of Ukraine said in a statement.

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

The plane was on a training flight, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in statement, citing preliminary information.

(Reporting by Natalia Zinets; editing by Matthias Williams and Cynthia Osterman)

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