USA servicemember involved in Ukrainian fighter crash

Lester Mason
October 17, 2018

A Ukrainian Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jet is seen during an event last month.

Defense officials in Europe were unable to tell Task & Purpose on Tuesday whether the American pilot was alive.

"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.

Ukraine's general staff said 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.

The exercise is meant to enhance regional security, offering training with the Ukrainians to increase interoperability with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies and other partners in the region, officials have said.

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.

It was not immediately clear if the other pilot aboard the Su-27 was killed or injured.

Other U.S. aircraft participating in the exercise include California ANG C-130s sent to Vinnytsia Air Base; Illinois ANG KC-135s from Powidz Air Base, Poland, and active duty KC-135s from from RAF Mildenhall, England; as well as MQ-9 Reapers based at Miroslawiec Air Base, Poland.

The exercise "aims to enhance regional capabilities to secure air sovereignty and promote peace and security through cooperation, collaboration and interoperability with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners and other allies in the region", according to a USAFE news release on the exercise.

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