Published: Wed, October 17, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Military spokesman: Both pilots of Su-27 fighter dead

Military spokesman: Both pilots of Su-27 fighter dead

An American pilot died when a Ukrainian air force plane went down during a training exercise on October 16, officials said.

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

In a statement on Tuesday evening, Ukrainian General Staff said: "Today, at about 17:00 (local time), Su-27 fighter jet has crashed during the combat training flight in the area of Ulaniv (between the Berdychiv and Khmilnyk)".

According to the Ukrainian General Staff, the bodies of two pilots were found: one was a pilot of the Ukrainian Air Forces, the second - a US Air Force National Guard pilot. The incident is now under investigation and do not have any other information to provide at this time.

Details are few and a spokesman for the California Air National Guard in Fresno said all information about the crash would be coming from United States Armed Forces Europe.

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The U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Africa said that it was aware of "reports claiming a U.S. casualty".

We are awaiting more information.

The pilots were taking part in a "training and combat flight" as part of multinational military exercises with the United States and seven other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries. "Aircraft from California units will include F-15C Eagles and a C-130J Super Hercules", said the Air Force.

Training during the exercise was scheduled to include air sovereignty, air interdiction, air-to-ground integration, air-mobility operations, aeromedical evacuation, cyber defense and personnel recovery.

The aim is "to enhance regional capabilities to secure air sovereignty and promote peace and security through cooperation", a US Air Force statement said as the drills kicked off last week.

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