USAF Pilot Killed in Russian-Made Su-27 Fighter Crash in Ukraine

USAF Pilot Killed in Russian-Made Su-27 Fighter Crash in Ukraine

USAF Pilot Killed in Russian-Made Su-27 Fighter Crash in Ukraine

Two pilots, a Ukrainian and an American, died when a Ukrainian SU-27UB fighter jet crashed during the NATO Clear Sky 2018 worldwide military drills Ukraine, the General Staff of Ukraine's Armed Forces reported on October 16.

According to an English translation of the statement "the airplane Su-27UB of the Air Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has crashed during the training and combat flight".

The circumstances of the crash are being investigated, the statement said. "It is now under investigation and we will continue to provide more information as it becomes available", it added.

The U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Africa said that it was aware of "reports claiming a U.S. casualty".

According to Ukrainian military portal, the fighter participated in the global drills Clear Sky 2018.

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

Details of the plane crash, including the cause, are not clear.

California Air National Guard F-15s were deployed to Starokostiantyniv Air Base in Ukraine to train alongside Ukrainian fighters, reported Air Force Times earlier this month.

The pilots were taking part in a "training and combat flight" as part of multinational military exercises with the United States and seven other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries.

"Training will focus on air sovereignty, air interdiction, air-to-ground integration, air mobility operations, aeromedical evacuation, cyber defense, and personnel recovery", the Air Force said at the time.

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