American Pilot May Have Been Involved In Ukraine Plane Crash

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

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.

The joint military training was billed as the "first-ever Clear Sky exercise", to be held primarily at Starokostiantyniv Air Base in Ukraine as well as other training areas and ranges in the region.

Pararescue airmen from California's 129th Rescue Wing are also in Vinnytsia for combat search-and-rescue training with their Ukrainian counterparts.

USA servicemen stand in front of US F-15 fighter during an air force exercises on Starokostyantyniv military airbase in Ukraine, Oct. 12, 2018. "The bodies of the two pilots have been found", it added.

The U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Africa issued a statement saying it was aware of "reports claiming a U.S. casualty".

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U.S. Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) confirmed that an American military service member was aboard the Ukrainian Air Force SU-27 that crashed.

A Ukrainian Su-27UB fighter aircraft crashed in the Khmelnytskyi region of Ukraine during a multinational exercise called Clear Sky 2018, according to a news release on the crash.

We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

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. "This 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".

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