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USAF pilot killed as Ukrainian Su-27UB air force jet crashes during Ex. Clear Sky 2018

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.

This print is available in multiple sizes from AircraftProfilePrints.com – CLICK HERE TO GET YOURS. F-15C Eagle 144th Fighter Wing, 194th Fighter Squadron, CA/80-004 – California Air National Guard – Fresno ANG Base, CA – 2016

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Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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