An-26 aircraft most likely touched ground with its wing, - Defense Minister

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to preliminary assessment of specialists, one of the sensors in the left engine failed
12:00, 26 September 2020

Press Service of the President of Ukraine

The AN-26 military aircraft's wing most likely touched the ground and that led to the crash. This was announced by Minister of Defense of Ukraine Andriy Taran on the Facebook page.

"According to the plan, the plane performed training flights to train the cadets. The pilot-instructor was at the helm, the cadets were sitting on the right seats next to him to gain piloting and aircraft control skills," Andriy Taran said.

The preliminary analysis revealed that most likely, the plane's wing touched the ground.

"The flight recorder is now in the plane, after analyzing the information that is recorded there, it will be possible to make conclusions," he added.

The head of the Defense Ministry noted that, according to a preliminary assessment of flight safety experts, one of the sensors in the left engine of the aircraft failed. It was not the engine itself but one of its sensors that failed. The minister also added that the aircraft engine had more than five thousand flight hours in reserve before the next repair.

According to Andriy Taran, the aircraft was produced in 1977 and it is 43 years old. But the plane could fly without updating the resource: the engines and the board itself. He also stressed that yesterday the plane made six takeoffs and five landings and had to work until 23:00.

"Of course, a terrible tragedy has occurred, we will find out the reasons. The final conclusions will be made after the flight recorders have been deciphered," Taran summed up.

As it was reported earlier, a plane crash occurred near Chuhiuv, in Kharkiv region on late September 25. The disaster resulted in deaths of 25 people.

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