Ukraine's Su-27 crash: Clear Sky-2018 drills to continue
Following a crash of the Ukrainian Su-27 flanker jet in Vinnytsia region on Tuesday, the leadership of the Clear Sky-2018 international exercises decided to continue training flights of all types of aircraft.
That's according to a statement released by the Air Force Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Military officials confirmed that both pilots, who performed a combat training flight, were killed in the crash.
It is underlined that the aircraft involved in the exercises meet all technical requirements and have passed all appropriate licensing procedures.
The Command also noted that there had been no casualties among the civilian population.
"According to local residents - eyewitnesses of the disaster, the jet started losing altitude and the crew diverted the aircraft away from a civilian neighborhood," reads the statement.
As UNIAN reported earlier, on October 16, at about 17:00, a Su-27 flanker jet of the Ukrainian Air Force crashed in Vinnytsia region. The jet was on a combat training flight as part of the Clear Sky-2018 international exercises. Both pilots aboard are reported to have died in the crash. One of the crew members is reportedly a U.S. national.
The U.S. Air Force confirmed that an American pilot was involved in the Su-27 incident during the Clear Sky-2018 international drills, but did not specify his fate pending investigation.