The President of Ukraine has ordered an immediate investigation into the plane crash

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Saturday that an immediate and impartial investigation would be carried out’ into the deaths of 26 people in the crash.

The President of Ukraine has ordered an immediate investigation into the plane crash

A military transport plane carrying Air Force cadets crashed near a highway in northeastern Ukraine on Friday evening and burst into flames.

Ukraine's state emergency service said the plane was carrying 27 people - seven crewmembers and 20 students. Only one cadet survived.

"Yesterday, as a result of a terrible tragedy ... Ukraine lost 26 of its worthy sons," Zelenskiy said on Facebook. "I urge that the cause of the crash be immediately clarified and that the investigation be objective and impartial."

He declared Saturday a day of mourning.

The Antonov N26 crashed while attempting to land during a training exercise, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said, adding that black boxes with flight data had been’ found.

Ukrainian officials say they are investigating four possible causes of the crash. This is a technical glitch in the aircraft; Improper performance by staff Improper performance by flight control; And inadequate rehabilitation.

Ukraine's law enforcement agency, the State Security Service, says the plane's crew commander crashed five minutes after the twin-engine plane's left engine failed to land.

The State Security Service said in a statement on Saturday that "according to preliminary information, the cadets did not have direct control over the aircraft - all flights were carried out by the crew commander."

The crash happened 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) from the military airport.

The cadets belonged to the Air Force's Kharkiv University, which is run’ by the Ministry of Defense.

The government has said that training flights of similar aircraft have been’ suspended.


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