Air Force Pilot Involved in Su-27 Crash in Ukraine, Fate Unknown

Air Force Pilot Involved in Su-27 Crash in Ukraine, Fate Unknown

Air Force Pilot Involved in Su-27 Crash in Ukraine, Fate Unknown

USA servicemen stand in front of US F-15 fighter during an air force exercises on Starokostyantyniv military airbase in Ukraine, Oct. 12, 2018.

"This is a sad day for the United States and Ukraine", Maj.

Garrison extended "our deepest condolences" to the family, friends and fellow airmen of both the US airman and Ukrainian aviator killed in the crash. Jethro was deployed to Ukraine for the Clear Sky 2018 exercise.

Two pilots, including the American, died in the crash in the Khmelnytskyi region about 200 miles from Kyiv, the capital, according to the country's Defense Ministry, Radio Free Europe reported.

A Reno man was one of two pilots killed Tuesday in a crash in the western Ukraine.

The U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Africa confirmed that a U.S serviceman died in an accident, in a statement published on its website on October 17.

No other aircraft were involved, and an investigation is being conducted by both militaries to determine the cause of the accident, it said in a statement.

The crash took place during Clear Sky 2018, multinational air drills involving military personnel from eight foreign countries also including Britain, the Netherlands, Poland and Estonia that started last week. The goals of the exercise were to enhance regional security and cooperation between Ukraine and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, and other partners in the region.

In recent years, concerns have risen about Russia's intentions in Ukraine, particularly after Moscow's annexation of the Crimean peninsula in 2014.

Ukraine and the California Air National Guard are long-time partners. "Aircraft from California units will include F-15C Eagles and a C-130J Super Hercules", said the Air Force.

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