Pentagon Confirms Death Of U.S. Airman In Ukrainian Fighter Jet Crash

U.S. serviceman is killed in Ukraine during NATO drills that included California National Guard unit

The General Staff of Ukraine's armed forces said the two-seat Su-27UB went down in the Kmelnitskyi region.

A Reno man was one of two pilots killed Tuesday in a crash in the western Ukraine. "The aircraft landed without incident back at Starokostiantyiv Air Base and is expected to resume participating in the exercise this week".

A Ukrainian aviator was also killed in the October 17 crash of the Sukhoi Su-27 plane in the Khmelnytskyy region, some 180 kilometers southwest of Kyiv, the Ukrainian and USA militaries said.

"The incident is now under investigation, and we will continue to provide more information as soon as it becomes available", U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Africa said.

Hundreds of USA 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.

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The U.S. and Ukrainian governments are conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the accident. Gen. Clay Garrison, commander of the California Air National Guard and director of Clear Sky, said in a statement.

The U.S. service member involved in the crash was a member of the 144th Fighter Wing, California Air National Guard, Fresno, California. "It is now under investigation and we will continue to provide more information as it becomes available".

Exercise Clear Sky 2018 is a multinational exercise that involves approximately 950 personnel from Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

California units were heavily represented in Clear Sky with F-15C Eagles and C-130J Super Hercules.

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