The Su-27UB crash took place during Clear Sky 2018 joint multinational exercise
A U.S. pilot was among two crew who died when a Ukrainian Air Force Su-27UB fighter jet crashed during a training flight on Oct. 16, 2018 the U.S. Air Force (USAF) said.
“We have seen reports claiming a U.S. casualty and can confirm a U.S. service member was involved in this incident,” the service said in a press release, adding that the circumstances of the crash were under investigation.
The two pilots, the other of whom was Ukrainian, were the only people on board.
As reported by Reuters, the Ukrainian general staff earlier said the pilot and co-pilot died, without giving their nationalities.
As we have recently explained, on Oct. 6, 2018 F-15C fighters from the California Air National Guard’s 144th Fighter Wing (FW) landed for the first time ever today on Ukrainian soil.
The Eagles in fact have been deployed to Starokostiantyniv Air Base, Ukraine, to participate in exercise Clear Sky 2018 a joint and multinational exercise that will involve personnel from nine nations, including Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
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