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Ukrainian Su-27 Fighter Jet Crash Kills USAF Pilot

Ukrainian Su-27 Fighter Jet Crash Kills USAF Pilot
Ukrainian Su-27 fighter aircraft (REUTERS/Gleb Garanich/File Photo)

By    |   Wednesday, 17 October 2018 09:22 AM

A Russian-made Ukrainian Air Force fighter jet crashed during a training exercise on Tuesday, resulting in the death of a U.S. Air Force pilot, officials confirmed on Wednesday.

Ukrainian officials first reported the incident, noting that two pilots aboard the Su-27 had been killed in the crash during the joint multi-national exercise with U.S. and other NATO air forces in the Khmelnytskyi region, according to The Associated Press.

Reports then began to filter out that one of the pilots was a U.S. service member.

The U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Africa has since confirmed that the U.S. service member, who has not been identified, was of the 144th Fighter Wing of California Air National Guard in Fresno.

According to a media release, the American pilot was “taking part in a single-aircraft familiarization flight” with a Ukrainian pilot.

"This is a sad day for the United States and Ukraine," said Maj. Gen. Clay Garrison, California ANG commander and project director. "Our deepest condolences go out to the family, friends and fellow Airmen of both the U.S. Airman and Ukrainian aviator who were killed in the incident."

The operation, Exercise Clear Sky 2018, featured around 950 service members from nine nations across the world.

Incorporated into the training exercise were U.S. aircraft from the California Air National Guard, which included F-15C Eagles and a C-130J Super Hercules, Fox News noted.

The operation also featured U.S. F-15Ds from the 48th Fighter Wing, KC-135s from the Illinois Air National Guard and the 100th Air Refueling Wing.

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A Russian-made Ukrainian Air Force fighter jet crashed during a training exercise on Tuesday, resulting in the death of a U.S. Air Force pilot, officials confirmed on Wednesday.
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