An Antonov An-26 transport plane of the Ukrainian Air Force crashed near the village of Zhukivtsi, southeast of Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital city. 

14 people were on board, five were killed in the crash, the State Emergency Service of Ukraine reported in a statement. Firefighters were sent to contain the fire of the wreckage. 


At the time of writing, it is unclear whether the aircraft was shot down amid the Russian invasion that began early on February 24, 2022. 

Ukraine takes the decision to close the civil airspace above its territory. Kyiv-Boryspil International Airport was bombed.

The An-26 is a twin-engine turboprop cargo and utility aircraft built by Antonov between 1969 and 1986. On September 25, 2020, an Antonov An-26Sh of the Ukrainian Air Force crashed and killed 26 of its 27 occupants, mostly cadets from the Ivan Kozhedub National Air Force University. 

An Antonov AN-26 aircraft crashed in the Kharkov region of Ukraine in the late hours of September 25, 2020. At least 22 people died, the latest report showed.