Published: Wed, October 17, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Military spokesman: Both pilots of Su-27 fighter dead

Military spokesman: Both pilots of Su-27 fighter dead

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.

In another statement, published on Facebook, the Ukrainian General Staff specified that the crew of the crashed fighter jet comprised a Ukrainian air force pilot and a US Air National Guard pilot.

It was not immediately clear if the other pilot aboard the Su-27 was killed or injured.

Initially, the general staff announced that an American was one of the two killed, but that information was retracted, according to Meduza, a Russian-speaking media outlet.

The National Police of Vinnytsya Oblast have already started an investigation at the crash scene.

U.S. Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) confirmed that an American military service member was aboard the Ukrainian Air Force SU-27 that crashed.

The joint military training was billed as the "first-ever Clear Sky exercise", to be held primarily at Starokostiantyniv Air Base in Ukraine as well as other training areas and ranges in the region.

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. "It is now under investigation and we will continue to provide more information as it becomes available", it added.

About 950 servicemembers from nine militaries are taking part in the exercise, including the United States, United Kingdom, Ukraine, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, the Netherlands, Poland and Romania. More details will be added as they emerge.

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