American pilot dies in Ukrainian Air Force fighter jet crash

Aaron Brown
October 17, 2018

The accident occurred at around 5:00 PM local time on October 16, 2018, near the village of Ulaniv, which is situated approximately 185 miles southwest of the Ukranian capital Kyiv.

A Ukrainian Sukhoi SU-27B went down in the Khmelnytskyi region, killing both the pilot and co-pilot, the Ukrainian military's general staff announced on Tuesday.

Ukrainian officials first reported the incident, noting that two pilots aboard the Su-27 had been killed in the crash during the joint multi-national exercise with USA and other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation air forces in the Khmelnytskyi region, according to The Associated Press. "The bodies of the two pilots have been found", it added.

"We have also seen the reports claiming a USA casualty and are now investigating and working to get more information".

U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Africa issued a statement saying it "can confirm a U.S. service member was involved in this incident", but was unable to confirm the pilot's death.

In its own statement, the U.S. Air Force was not immediately able to confirm any casualties.

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The crash is under investigation.

The joint military training was billed as the "first-ever Clear Sky exercise", to be held primarily at Starokostiantyniv Air Base in Ukraine as well as other training areas and ranges in the region.

About 950 servicemembers from nine militaries are taking part in the exercise, including the United States, United Kingdom, Ukraine, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, the Netherlands, Poland and Romania.

Details are few and a spokesman for the California Air National Guard in Fresno said all information about the crash would be coming from United States Armed Forces Europe.

We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

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