Ukrainian authorities will open the flight recorders today from a passenger plane filled with soccer fans that crashed while landing in Donetsk, killing five people, Deputy Prime Minister Oleksandr Vilkul said.
The government will prepare a resolution on paying compensation to the families of the deceased, Vilkul said today in televised remarks to reporters in Donetsk, about 730 kilometers (454 miles) southeast of the capital, Kiev.
The An-24 aircraft operated by Odessa, Ukraine-based airline TOV Pivdenni Avialinii lost control during a landing at the Donetsk airport last night. Most of the charter flight’s 44 passengers were flying in to attend a Champions League soccer match between Shakhtar Donetsk and Borussia Dortmund, the Interfax-Ukraine newswire reported.
Nine others injured in the crash were taken to hospital, said Donetsk regional Governor Andriy Shyshatskyi.