The cause of Saturday's crash of an Aero L-39 Albatros combat jet trainer in Ukraine that killed the cadet piloting it was that its engine caught fire shortly after take-off, the Emergencies Ministry of Ukraine said.
“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
Defense Ministry and armed forces general staff officials went to the
Chuhuyiv base, and an investigation was launched. All of the country’s
L-39 planes were grounded until the inquiry was over.