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Ukrainian military plane with '49 onboard' shot down

The military plane shot down was the IL-76, seen above. Credit: Reuters

A Ukrainian military plane with at least 49 passengers onboard has been shot down in the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk, according to CNN.

The plane, said to be a Ilyushin-76 military transport model, was reportedly taken hit as it approached an airport, according to a source with the Ukrainian Anti-Terror Operation of the Ukrainian military forces.

The condition of those onboard was not immediately known.

A notice on the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence website confirmed a military plane was shot down during landing.

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