American pilot dies in Ukrainian Air Force fighter jet crash
17 October, 2018, 04:01
An American pilot aboard a Ukrainian Air Force fighter jet was killed when the aircraft crashed Tuesday during a training exercise in Ukraine, officials said.
In a statement on Tuesday evening, Ukrainian General Staff said: "Today, at about 17:00 (local time), Su-27 fighter jet has crashed during the combat training flight in the area of Ulaniv (between the Berdychiv and Khmilnyk)".
"It is now under investigation and we will continue to provide more information as it becomes available", U.S. Air Forces in Europe said in a statement.
The circumstances of the crash - which occurred in the Khmelnytskyy region, around 180 kilometers southwest of Kyiv - have yet to be clarified, it added.
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.
An F-15D participating in the exercise "had a minor mechanical issue in flight on Friday that caused the sortie to be cut short", Air Force Maj.
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