Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the cause of the crash, which killed 26 people, would be investigated immediately and impartially.
The flight recorders of a military plane that crashed in eastern Ukraine were discovered when President Vladimir Zelensky promised a timely and impartial investigation into the incident, which killed 26 people.
“Yesterday, as a result of a terrible tragedy … Ukraine lost 26 of its worthy sons,” Zelensky posted on Facebook on Saturday, which he declared a day of mourning for the country.
“I urge that the causes of this plane crash be clarified immediately and that the investigation be objective and impartial,”
Defense Minister Andrei Taran said flight recorders containing flight data had been found.
“Of course, this is a terrible tragedy; we will understand the reasons. The final conclusions will be made after an assessment of the flight recorders, “he said, according to a statement from his ministry.
The An-26 Antonov plane crashed during training on Friday. There were 27 people on board, 20 of whom said they were young Air Force recruits.
The crash happened about 2km from a military airport near the eastern city of Kharkov, where the university is located.
Ukrainian authorities said they were investigating four possible causes of the crash – a technical malfunction involving the plane, improper performance by the crew, improper performance by flight management and inadequate maintenance.
The State Security Service, a Ukrainian law enforcement agency, said the plane crashed after the left engine of the twin-engine plane failed.
“According to preliminary information, the cadets did not directly control the aircraft – all flights were performed by the crew commander,” a statement from the security service said.
The aircraft, manufactured in 1977 and used for training flights, was previously in normal use. “Everything went according to plan, the plane was performing a training flight for cadets,” Taran said.
The Ukrainian Air Force said it was a “bitter and irreparable loss” and expressed condolences to their families and loved ones.
The government has said training flights on similar types of aircraft have been suspended.