Two Pilots Die In Ukrainian Fighter Jet Crash, U.S. Pilot 'Involved'

17 October, 2018, 18:38 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • U.S. serviceman is killed in Ukraine during NATO drills that included California National Guard unit

The jet fighter involved was a Su-27UB, according to thedrive.com website.

Two pilots, including the American, died in the crash in the Khmelnytskyi region about 200 miles from Kyiv, the capital, according to the country's Defense Ministry, Radio Free Europe reported.

A Ukrainian Sukhoi-27 fighter jet crashed during large-scale military exercises with the USA air force, the Ukrainian air force said Tuesday.

The Su-27UB jet was taking part in Clear Sky 2018, a joint military exercise with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members taking place October 8 through 19 in Western Ukraine.

"Clear Sky 2018 is a joint and multinational exercise that will involve approximately 950 personnel from nine nations, including Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States", a September news release from the Air Force stated. The incident is now under investigation and do not have any other information to provide at this time.

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The U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Africa confirmed that a U.S serviceman died in an accident, in a statement published on its website on October 17.

The Ukrainian Su-27UB fighter aircraft crashed in the Khmelnytskyi region of Ukraine during Clear Sky 2018 - a joint worldwide exercise which includes 950 personnel from the United States and eight other nations.

In another statement, published on Facebook, the Ukrainian General Staff specified that the crew of the crashed fighter jet comprised a Ukrainian air force pilot and a US Air National Guard pilot.

Members of a California Air National Guard unit are among the participants. "We will provide more information as soon as it becomes available".

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