2 die in fighter jet crash in Ukraine, US pilot "involved"

Su-27 fighter jet

Two Pilots Die Following Su-27 Fighter Jet Crash in Ukraine- General Staff

A two-seat Ukrainian fighter jet has crashed during a joint exercise with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation air forces, killing both the pilot and co-pilot, Ukraine's military says.

"We have seen reports claiming a USA casualty and can confirm a USA service member was involved in this incident", said a USAFE spokesperson. "It involves more than 50 aircrafts from eight North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member-states and our planes - of the Ukrainian Air Forces", Ukranian President Petro Poroshenko said on October 11, 2018.

We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

The Ukrainian Defense Ministry confirmed in a statement that an SU-27 fighter jet had crashed Tuesday afternoon "in the area of Ulanov, between the settlements of Berdychiv and Khmilnyk".

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.

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The circumstances of the crash - which occurred in the Khmelnytskyy region, around 180 kilometers southwest of Kyiv - have yet to be clarified, it added.

The accident took place during the multinational military exercise titled "Clear Sky-2018".

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.

"Training will focus on air sovereignty, air interdiction, air-to-ground integration, air mobility operations, aeromedical evacuation, cyber defense, and personnel recovery", the Air Force said at the time.

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