Two Pilots Die In Ukrainian Fighter Jet Crash, U.S. Pilot 'Involved'
Oct 17, 2018, 18:36
The accident happened about 5 p.m. local time (approximately 7 a.m. Fresno time) on October 16, 2018, near the village of Ulaniv, about 185 miles southwest of the Ukranian capital Kiev, the website reported.
"We have also seen the reports claiming a USA casualty and are now investigating and working to get more information".
The Ukrainian Defense Ministry said two pilots aboard the Su-27 had been killed in the crash, which took place in the Khmelnytskyi region located in the western part of the country about 200 miles west of the capital of Kiev.
The National Police of Vinnytsya Oblast have already started an investigation at the crash scene.
According to Ukrainian military portal, the fighter participated in the global drills Clear Sky 2018.
The U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Africa said that it was aware of "reports claiming a U.S. casualty". The command said it "can confirm a US service member was involved in this incident", but stopped short of confirming the American's death.
Though we don't yet know the exact reason why the USA pilot was flying in the Flanker, Approximately 950 personnel from Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, The Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States are taking part in the drills.
We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.
Other U.S. aircraft participating in the exercise include California ANG C-130s sent to Vinnytsia Air Base; Illinois ANG KC-135s from Powidz Air Base, Poland, and active duty KC-135s from from RAF Mildenhall, England; as well as MQ-9 Reapers based at Miroslawiec Air Base, Poland. More details will be added as they emerge.
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