An-12 crash-lands after running out of fuel, five people killed

Alec Wilson

A Ukraine Air Alliance Antonov An-12BK cargo plane made an emergency landing near Lviv International Airport, Ukraine. Five people were killed, three were seriously injured.

The aircraft, registered UR-CAH, was arriving from Vigo Airport (VGO), Spain, and was on approach to Lviv Danylo Halytskyi International Airport (LWO), Ukraine. One of the pilots called an emergency as it was about 13.7 km (8.5 miles) from the runway. The transport aircraft then vanished from radars. About twenty minutes later, one of the crew members contacted emergency services to inform that they had crash-landed. The aircraft was found about 1.5 km (1 mile) from the airport.

The State Emergency Services of Ukraine determined that eight people were on board, including seven crew members and one person accompanying the cargo. As a result of the plane crash, five people were killed. Three people had to be extracted from the wreckage. Due to serious injuries, they were transferred to a local hospital.

The Ministry of Infrastructure reported that the An-12 crash-landed because it ran out of fuel. The National Police opened a preliminary investigation.

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