Ukraine grounds model of military transport plane after crash

Ukraine’s president is halting all flights of a transport plane after one crashed and left all but one of the 27 military members on board dead.

The twin-turboprop Antonov-26 went down Friday night while approaching a runway in Chuhuiv, about 250 miles east of the capital Kyiv, the Associated Press reported. On board were 20 aviation cadets and a crew of seven. Two were pulled from the wreckage alive, but one died later at a hospital.

Investigators haven’t determined the cause of the crash, but President Volodymyr Zelenskiy grounded all An-26s Saturday until a determination is made, and ordered a full assessment of all military equipment.

“Yesterday we lost young cadets and experienced military men, who had their whole lives and, I am sure, more than one military feat ahead of them,” Zelenskiy said in a statement. “The whole country will mourn today with their families.”

Roughly 1,400 of the planes, which are also flown for civilian purposes, were made from 1969 to 1986, the outlet said. The plane that crashed was built in 1977, the government said.

An-26 on a flight for the World Food Program went down last month in South Sudan, killing seven.

New York Post

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