American serviceman killed in Ukrainian Su-27 crash during war games with NATO

An American serviceman has been killed in a Su-27 fighter jet crash in Ukraine, Kiev’s military prosecutor has confirmed. The jet was taking part in a military exercise with NATO.

The Su-27 crashed during a simulated combat flight. The Ukrainian General Staff initially issued a statement on Facebook that mentioned the citizenships of the two pilots.

“We regret to inform that according to the rescue team, the bodies of two pilots have been discovered: one is a serviceman of the Ukrainian Air Force, the other is a member of the US National Guard,” it said.

The Ukrainian military prosecutor’s office later confirmed that one of the fatalities was a US serviceman and another a Ukrainian.

The US Air Force said an American serviceman was involved in the crash, without specifying further.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian police warned that the crashed fighter jet may have munitions on board that could still detonate, a local UNN news agency reported. “It is a military aircraft. There could have been munitions on board that could detonate,” a police representative told the UNN, explaining why police officers had to cordon off the crash site and ban journalists from approaching the area.

An eyewitness to the crash told the 20 Khvilin website that the Su-27 was spinning as it was going down.

“It began rotating when it was flying above the settlement. The pilots were drawing the plane into the field” away from the village, she said.

The jet was reportedly taking part in Clear Sky 2018, a joint military exercise with NATO members taking place October 8 through 19 in Western Ukraine. Other participants include the US, Belgium, the UK, Denmark, Poland, Estonia, the Netherlands, Poland and Romania.

When advertising the drills on his Facebook page, he said NATO soldiers have “a lot to learn” from Ukrainians, and warned that, if Russia launched airstrikes against Ukraine, the cost would be “very high.”

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  1. “do not ride on the Ukrainian carousels…..”
    We all know that accidents with military techs sometimes happen. But at least two factors took place:
    1. Never forget that all Ukrainian military complex and vehicles, planes, etc are old and nothing new was since USSR. 28 years they didn’t maintain, improve, fix their planes (as an exception – there was primitive technical cannibalism, when details from old ones were put into those jets that could fly). Their military planes are shabby and are in terrible condition. No money was invested.
    2. Ukrainian pilots spent 99% of their service on the ground. No fuel, no flights, no training, losing experience. To be objective,- we had the same in Russia during those cursed shameful 1990s. If you wanna be the bright pilot – you must fly everyday. If you wanna be the best sharpshooter – you must shoot everyday. If you wanna be a good welder – you must weld and train your hand everyday.

    • I don’t know what that American did in the cockpit of SU-27UB with Ukrainian 1 class “ground” pilot. Probably he didn’t know that this SU-27 was build in 1991 (serial number 963104240) and served in Saki naval airbase of USSR (jet number was 05). In 1992 it was transferred to Ukrainian side and got number 70 (blue). Was in service till 2009 when due to the expiration of the resource and lack of funds for repairs and upgrades, was sent to storage. In the summer of 2014, after the Maidan events and the outbreak of hostilities in the territory of Donbass, the aircraft was removed from storage to the 831st brigade and was again put into operation. In this case, for all time the fighter did not undergo repair, but was only painted under the new Ukrainian camouflage.

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