An-26 plane crash near Kharkiv: Indictment filed against six former military officials

Source : 112 Ukraine

The defendants face up to 15 years in prison
13:29, 15 January 2022

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The prosecutor's office filed an indictment against six people involved in the case of the An-26 crash near Kharkiv in September 2020. This was reported by the press service of Ukraine's State Bureau of Investigation.

"The perpetrators of the tragedy of the An-26Sh military plane, which took the lives of 26 servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, will be brought to justice," the statement said.

An indictment has been filed against former Air Force Commander Serhiy Drozdov, former head of the Ivan Kozhedub Kharkiv University of Air Force Oleksandr Turynsky, former commander of the A4104 military unit Vyacheslav Glazunov, and two deputies and a former air traffic controller.

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According to the investigation, their actions include negligent attitude to military service in a special period, violation of flight rules, preparation for them and the rules of operation of aircraft. In particular, the number of cadets on board during that flight of the An-26 exceeded the norm.

The defendants face up to 15 years in prison.

As we 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. None of those aboard the plane survived the crash.

Rescue work was carried out by 70 people of the State Emergency Situations Service. According to preliminary estimates of flight safety specialists, one of the sensors in the left engine of the aircraft failed.

The State Bureau of Investigations notified Ukraine's Air Force Commander-in-Chief Serhiy Drozdov of suspicion with negligence, which led to the tragedy of An-26 aircraft in Kharkiv region in September.

Notification letters of suspicion were also handed over to flight dispatcher of Chuhuiv airfield, and to the unit commander who approved the flight plan that contained violations.

Related: An-26 crash: Ukroboronprom reports no violations regarding plane’s repair


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