A Ukraine Air Force Su-27 fighter jet on Tuesday 16, October 2018 crashed during large-scale NATO aerial exercises, the Ukrainian military source has confirmed.
According to the source, the jet crashed at about 17.00 during a combat training flight in the area of Ulaniv (between the Berdychiv and Khmilnyk).
Search and rescue activities were carried and the bodies of both pilots were found.
According to the Ukrainian General Staff, the bodies of two pilots were found; one was a pilot of the Ukrainian Air Forces, the second, a US Air Force National Guard pilot.
Exercise Clear Sky 2018 kicked off in western Ukraine on October 8 and is scheduled to run until October 19.
About 700 military troops are taking part of the exercise, half of them from NATO member countries including the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Denmark and Estonia, are not NATO members, but are also participating.
Ukraine is contributing about 30 aircraft and 350 military personnel in five tactical aviation units.
There’s no information as to why the combat aircraft went down. Investigation on what led to the crash launched.