U.S. pilot killed in Su-27 crash in Ukraine

Cheryl Sanders
October 18, 2018

A Ukrainian Su-27UB twin-seat combat trainer / fighter jet with two pilots crashed during a training exercise on Tuesday.

"We understand there was an American in the backseat of the aircraft", the statement said, adding that the Air Force is investigating the incident.

The training flight was part of Clear Sky 2018, the largest aviation exercise staged in Ukraine since the former Soviet-bloc country gained independence in the early 1990s.

"It is now under investigation and we will continue to provide more information as it becomes available", U.S. Air Forces in Europe said in a statement.

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

U.S. Air Force pilots are now in Ukraine participating in a large-scale multi-national aviation exercise known as "Clear Sky" involving close to 1,000 personnel from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries.

On Tuesday night, the Air Force said a US airman was involved in a fighter jet crash in Ukraine but did not say what his or her status was.

Military prosecutors in Ukraine's Central region have launched an inquiry.

USAFE-AFAFRICA officials said the both USA and Ukrainian governments are investigating the cause of Tuesday's crash.

They come from Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, Britain, and the United States.

"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. The post showed F-15C Eagle fighter jets arriving in western Ukraine a week ago.

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