VIDEO: Crashed Ukrainian An-24 identified

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Ukrainian emergency situations ministry images from the scene of the South Airlines Antonov An-24 crash in Donetsk have identified the aircraft involved as a 40-year old airframe.

The ministry says 52 people, including eight crew members, were on board the aircraft (UR-WRA) when it crashed while landing after an internal flight.

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It came to rest inverted with the empennage fractured.

The aircraft was originally delivered to Aeroflot but was later in service with Ukrainian operators including Windrose.

Forty-seven of those on board were rescued, says the ministry, with nine hospitalised with various injuries. Flight YG8971 came down after a service from the city of Odessa on 13 February.