“Under the procedural leadership of the Zhytomyr specialized defense prosecutor's office of Central region, a criminal proceeding was initiated with the preliminary legal qualification of violation of rules of flights or preparation for them (Article 416 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine),” the Prosecutor General's Office posted on Telegram.
According to the investigation data, two L-39 combat training aircraft collided in the sky during a flight in Zhytomyr region on August 25, 2023.
As a result of the tragedy, three pilots of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were killed.
The causes of the crash are being established.
Currently, primary investigative actions are being conducted, the scene of the incident is being inspected, witnesses are being interrogated, and a set of examinations within the criminal proceedings has been appointed.
Pre-trial investigation is carried out by the State Bureau of Investigations.
The Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine confirmed the fact of the plane crash and the information about the death of the pilots on Telegram.
"It is with sadness that we inform you that a terrible plane crash occurred in Zhytomyr region on August 25, 2023. During a combat mission, the crews of two L-39 combat training aircraft collided in the sky. All three pilots, unfortunately, died. The investigation is ongoing," reads the post.
A well-known pilot of the 40th Tactical Aviation Brigade with the call sign JUICE is among those killed in the crash.
Photo: Prosecutor General's Office