Cadet Vyacheslav Zolochevsky, who survived the crash of military transport aircraft An-26 in Ukraine, did not jump out of the plane. This was stated by the head of Kharkiv regional administration Alexey Kucher on September 26.
“The guy told us what was going on. We did not load him with questions, just asked him how we could help. He said that everything was happening like in a computer game,” the official told the Ukrainian edition “Public”.
The cadet said that at some point he lost consciousness, and when he came to, he had to put out a fire on his colleague, before leaving the plane wreckage. The coachman emphasized that the cadets “survived being on the plane.
Earlier on Saturday, it was reported that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited Zolochevsky in the military hospital.
The An-26 plane crashed near the town of Chuguev in Kharkiv region the night before. It is known that there were 27 people on board, including military pilots and cadets of the Ivan Kozhedub Kharkiv National University of Air Force. Twenty-six people were killed. Another person, who was on board the plane, is in hospital.
A criminal case was opened over the incident. The State Bureau of Investigation of Ukraine is considering four versions of the reasons for the crash of the aircraft, including technical malfunction, improper performance of duties by the crew, improper maintenance of the aircraft and its preparation for flight and improper performance of duties by persons responsible for flight management.
The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky will visit Kharkov region in connection with the tragedy on Saturday, September 26, and also instructed to suspend any flights on An-26 aircraft until the causes of the incident are clarified.