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American pilot killed in Ukrainian Air Force fighter jet crash

American pilot killed in Ukrainian Air Force fighter jet crash

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".

The Su-27UB fighter aircraft came down near the village of Ulaniv in Khmelnytsky district, Vinnytsia region, Ukraine, at around 5 p.m. "We will provide more information as soon as it becomes available", the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa said in a statement.

According to the Ukrainian Military Portal, the accident took place during the multinational military exercise titled "Clear Sky-2018".

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The pilot was assigned to the 144th Fighter Wing based at Fresno, California, said Capt. Christopher Bowyer-Meeder, a spokesman for U.S. Air Forces in Europe. "It is now under investigation and we will continue to provide more information as it becomes available". USAFE also said that mishap is already under investigation.

U.S. Air Force pilots are now in Ukraine participating in a large-scale multi-national aviation exercise known as "Clear Sky" involving close to 1,000 personnel from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries.

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.

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"This is a sad day for the United States and Ukraine", Air Force Maj. More details will be added as they emerge. The goals of the exercise were to enhance regional security and cooperation between Ukraine and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, and other partners in the region.

Hundreds of US and Ukrainian airmen are conducting flight operations at Starokostiantyiv between Lviv and Kiev in Ukraine's western region in the two-week exercise, a first of its kind. "Aircraft from California units will include F-15C Eagles and a C-130J Super Hercules", said the Air Force.

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