A Russian-made Ukrainian Air Drive fighter jet crashed throughout a coaching train on Tuesday, ensuing within the dying of a U.S. Air Drive pilot, officials confirmed on Wednesday.
Ukrainian officers first reported the incident, noting that two pilots aboard the Su-27 had been killed within the crash through the joint multi-national train with U.S. and different NATO air forces within the Khmelnytskyi area, in accordance with The Associated Press.
Experiences then started to filter out that one of many pilots was a U.S. service member.
The U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Africa has since confirmed that the U.S. service member, who has not been recognized, was of the 144th Fighter Wing of California Air Nationwide Guard in Fresno.
In keeping with a media launch, the American pilot was “participating in a single-aircraft familiarization flight” with a Ukrainian pilot.
“It is a unhappy day for the USA and Ukraine,” stated Maj. Gen. Clay Garrison, California ANG commander and undertaking director. “Our deepest condolences exit to the household, mates and fellow Airmen of each the U.S. Airman and Ukrainian aviator who have been killed within the incident.”
The operation, Train Clear Sky 2018, featured round 950 service members from 9 nations the world over.
Integrated into the coaching train have been U.S. plane from the California Air Nationwide Guard, which included F-15C Eagles and a C-130J Tremendous Hercules, Fox News noted.
The operation additionally featured U.S. F-15Ds from the 48th Fighter Wing, KC-135s from the Illinois Air Nationwide Guard and the 100th Air Refueling Wing.