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

A Ukrainian Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jet is seen during an event last month. On Tuesday an American pilot on board a similar aircraft was killed when it crashed during a military training in Ukraine American pilot killed in Ukrainian Air Force fighter jet crash
Faye Gross | 18 October, 2018, 01:07

Ukraine's general staff said on Tuesday that two pilots died when a Sukhoi fighter jet crashed during military exercises with the United States and other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries.

Officials said Wednesday they were waiting to release further details, such as the airman's job, until next of kin was notified.

"A Sukhoi-27 plane crashed at around 5 p.m. local time during a training flight", the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said.

"We are aware of a Ukrainian Su-27UB fighter aircraft that crashed in the Khmelnytskyi region during Clear Sky 2018 today".

"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. Gen. Clay Garrison, California ANG commander and project director.

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"We are sad to report that according to the search-and-rescue group, the bodies of two pilots were found", the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense said in a statement posted to its website.

No casualties were reported among the civilian population, UNIAN said, quoting the Ukrainian air force command.

USAFE-AFAFRICA officials said the both USA and Ukrainian governments are investigating the cause of Tuesday's crash.

The U.S., U.K., Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Netherlands, Poland and Romania are also attending NATO's aerial military exercises in western Ukraine.

The 12-day-long Clear Sky 2018 war games started on October 8, these are the large-scale air-force exercises with the United States and seven other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries. Cooperation between North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and Kiev has expanded swiftly since Russia's 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula.

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