Both pilots of Su-27 fighter dead, - military spokesman
17 October, 2018, 18:38 | Author: Essie Rivera
The crash occurred in the Vinnytsia region, around 180 kilometers (110 miles) southwest of Kiev.
Ukraine on October 8 began a series of large-scale air force exercises called Clear Sky 2018 with the United States and other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries.
Soldiers of the U.S. Army walk past Ukrainian fighter jets during a Clear Sky 2018 multinational military drills at Starokostiantyniv Air Base in Ukraine, Oct. 12, 2018.
"The aircraft, which was involved in military drills, met all technical requirements", General Staff said, adding that several months before the start of the global drills on October 9 the fighter, which belonged to the 831th Tactical Aviation Brigade based in Mirhorod, Poltava Oblast, had undergone full repairs.
"We regret to inform that according to the rescue team, the bodies of two pilots have been discovered: one is a serviceman of the Ukrainian Air Force, the other is a member of the US National Guard", it said. "We will provide more information as soon as it becomes available", the statement said.
"We have also seen the reports claiming a USA casualty and are now investigating and working to get more information".
U.S. Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) confirmed that an American military service member was aboard the Ukrainian Air Force SU-27 that crashed.
"We have seen reports claiming a USA casualty and can confirm a USA service member was involved in this incident", it said in a statement, adding that the circumstances of the crash were under investigation. "It is now under investigation and we will continue to provide more information as it becomes available".
The operation, Exercise Clear Sky 2018, featured around 950 service members from nine nations across the world. More details will be added as they emerge.
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