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Five killed as plane crashes in Ukraine after running low on fuel

The Infrastructure Ministry said the plane was travelling from Vigo in north-west Spain to Istanbul in Turkey.

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By Associated Press Reporters

A chartered plane has crashed near the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, killing five people and injuring three, after apparently running out of fuel, authorities said.

Infrastructure minister Vladyslav Krykliy announced the death toll on his Facebook page, and said an investigation is under way.

He said the An-12 plane was carrying seven crew members and one passenger on Friday morning when it tried to make an emergency landing because of lack of fuel.

The regional emergency service said three people were rescued from the wreckage and taken to hospital.

The Infrastructure Ministry said the plane was travelling from Vigo in north-west Spain to Istanbul in Turkey, and planned a refuelling stop in Lviv. Ukrainian news reports said it crashed less than a mile from the runway.

Spanish airport operator AENA confirmed that the cargo flight UKL4050, operated by Ukraine Air Alliance, had left Vigo just after midnight on Friday. The cargo plane had arrived in Vigo a day earlier from Toulouse, France.

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