An Air Force F-15 Eagle sits on the ramp at the 144th Fighter Wing during a ceremony to welcome the first F-15 Eagle to the Fresno Air National Guard Base, Calif., June 18, 2013. (Courtesy photo)
Written by Associated Press
(AP) – Ukraine’s military says a Ukrainian fighter jet crashed during a joint exercise with U.S. and other NATO air forces, killing both pilots.
The General Staff of Ukraine’s armed forces said the two-seat Su-27UB went down on Tuesday in the Kmelnitskyi region. It said a rescue team found the jet’s two pilots dead.
The U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Africa issued a statement saying it was aware of “reports claiming a U.S. casualty.” The command said it “can confirm a U.S. service member was involved in this incident,” but stopped short of confirming the American’s death.
Personnel from nine nations are taking part in the Clear Sky 2018 exercises that started in Ukraine on Oct. 8. They include members of a California Air National Guard unit based in Fresno, Calif.