The military plane came down near the eastern city of Kharkiv as it landed and crashed where the fire broke out but extinguished later on. It crashed about 2km away from a military airport in the town of Chuhuiv.
Aboard the plane were cadets from Kharkiv Air Force University and were on a training flight as part of their study course. Emergency ministry officials say 27 people were on board.
Two people sustained serious injuries and were rushed to hospital as a search operation is still going on for the other three missing.
The cause of the plane crash is still currently under investigation. However, there is no suggestion that the crash is linked to the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. Chuhuiv is about 100km from the front line where the government is fighting Russian separatists.
‘’It’s a shock. At the moment it is impossible to establish the cause of the crash,’’ Anton Gerashchenko, a deputy Interior Minister said.
President Volodymyr will travel to the crash site on Saturday.
Oleksiy Kucher, the regional governor of Kharkiv said preliminary information suggested that one of the pilots had reported engine failure. An eyewitness said he saw a man running away from the crash site in flames but is yet to be found.
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