The Office of the Prosecutor General has completed the investigation into the crash of the An-26 military aircraft near Chuhuiv, Kharkiv Oblast, on September 25, 2020, which killed 26 servicemen. The press service of the department reported this.
"Under the procedural guidance of the Specialized Prosecutor's Office in the Military and Defense Spheres of the Joint Forces and the Prosecutor General's Office, a pre-trial investigation into the crash of the An-26 near Chuhuiv, Kharkiv Oblast, on September 25, 2020, which killed 26 servicemen has been completed,” the message says.
It is reported that six servicemen - the commander of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the former commander of the A4104 military unit and two of his deputies, the former air traffic controller at Chuhuiv airfield and at that time acting head of the Kharkiv National University of Air Force named after Ivan Kozhedub is suspected of failing to ensure the safety of flights in the areas entrusted to them, violating the rules of preparation and conduct of flights, as well as negligent attitude to military service.
As it was reported earlier, on September 25, at about 20:50 near the military airport of Chuhuiv, Kharkiv region, a military aircraft AN-26 fell and caught fire.
As a result of the plane crash, 22 people died, two were hospitalized on the morning, September 26. One of the cadets is in a state of moderate severity at the Chuhuiv hospital. Another cadet is in critical condition; doctors are fighting for his life in one of the Kharkiv hospitals.
A few minutes before the crash, the pilot reported an engine malfunction by radio, as head of the Kharkiv Regional State Administration Oleksiy Kucher said earlier.