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At least 20 dead in military plane crash in eastern Ukraine

Christian Fernsby |
At least 20 people have died in a military plane crash in Ukraine, the country's interior ministry has confirmed.

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Topics: UKRAINE   

Two other people are severely injured and two more are still unaccounted for, the ministry said in a statement.

The 24 people on board the AN-26 plane were military pilots and cadets of the Kozhedub Air Force University.

The crash occurred at around 20:50 local time (19:50 CET) near the eastern city of Chuhuyiv, some two kilometres away from a military airport.

Units of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, as well as emergency crews, were dispatched at the site with the area cordoned off by police.

Flames which had engulfed the plane were eventually extinguished shortly before 10 pm local time.

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