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“It has been found out that the engine of the aircraft caught fire
during ascent. As a result, the plane fell onto the runway,” the
ministry said in a statement. “The fire was immediately extinguished by
personnel from the [local] military base.”

The ministry said the crash occurred on the premises of a base in
Chuhuyiv, Kharkiv region, belonging to Kharkiv Air Force University.

Earlier, the Defense Ministry said the 21-year-old third-year cadet
who piloted the single-engine jet had 71 successful flights on his
record.

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