The Egyptian Foreign Ministry expressed on Tuesday its condolences to Ukraine over the victims of a Friday military plane crash that killed 26 people on board.
In a statement, the foreign ministry voiced Egypt’s solidarity with the people and government of Ukraine in this “painful moment." It also wished the injured a speedy recovery and expressed confidence that Ukraine would be able to overcome this “difficult situation."
The plane, a twin-turboprop Antonov-26 belonging 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 Friday night while coming in for landing at the airport in Chuhuiv, about 400 kilometers (250 miles) east of the capital Kyiv.
The Ukrainian Defense Ministry said the plane crashed while trying to land and that black boxes with flight data was recovered.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy had declared Saturday, 26 September, 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.