American pilot killed in Ukrainian Air Force fighter jet crash

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Two Pilots Die Following Su-27 Fighter Jet Crash in Ukraine- General Staff
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17 October, 2018

The crash occurred in the Vinnytsia region, around 180 kilometers (110 miles) southwest of Kiev.

Ukrainian Air Force pilot and instructor Ivan Petrenko and the U.S. pilot, whom the authorities have identified only as a U.S. Air National Guard officer, were killed in the crash. "The bodies of the two pilots have been found", it added.

Senyk could not confirm the information about one of the pilots being the US citizen.

A Ukrainian Sukhoi SU-27B went down in the Khmelnytskyi region, killing both the pilot and co-pilot, the Ukrainian military's general staff announced on Tuesday.

The Su-27UB jet was taking part in Clear Sky 2018, a joint military exercise with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members taking place October 8 through 19 in Western Ukraine.

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A statement said it "can confirm a US service member was involved in this incident", but stopped short of confirming the American's death.

"This year marks the 25th anniversary of collaboration between the California Air National Guard and Ukraine as part of U.S. European Command's State Partnership Program, and this exercise will include robust participation of California ANG units".

Personnel from nine nations are taking part in the Clear Sky 2018 exercises that started in Ukraine on October 8.

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

"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.


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