A twin-turboprop Antonov-26 plane which belongs to the Ukrainian air force, was carrying a crew of seven and 20 cadets of a military aviation school when it crashed and burst into flames on Friday night while coming in for landing at the airport in Chuhuiv, about 400 kilometers (250 miles) east of the capital Kyiv.
Two people initially survived the crash, but one later died in the hospital. Till now no cause for the crash has been determined.
Searchers combing the area where a Ukrainian military aircraft crashed found two more bodies on Saturday, bringing the death toll to 26 and one person survived.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy declared Saturday to be a day of mourning for the crash victims and ordered that flights of An-26 planes be halted pending investigation of the crash cause.
Zelenskiy, who visited the crash area on Saturday, called for a full assessment of the condition of the country’s military equipment and added that he wanted an official report on the crash by October 25.