Chief of Aviation of Ukraine's 'East' Air Force Command dies in Su-27 crash

Source : 112 Ukraine

The tragedy took lives of both pilots who drove the aircraft during Clear Sky, the multinational air force drills in central Ukraine
09:20, 17 October 2018

Command of the Air Force of Ukraine "Center"

Colonel Ivan Petrenko, the Chief of Aviation of Ukraine's 'East' Air Force Command is one of the two pilots who lost his life in the crash of Sukhoi Su-27UB fighter in Vinnytsia region. The press center of the Air Force command reported this on Wednesday morning. 

The authority added that all aviation involved in the Clear Sky drills, the multinational air force exercise in central Ukraine, meets all technical requirements, and the aircraft was duly examined before the flights. 

Petrenko was the experienced Air Force officer, fully trained to act as an instructor during combat missions in both day- and nighttime, in complicated weather conditions. 

The Air Force command said it would reveal the name of the second pilot later. According to the preliminary information, he was the U.S. citizen.

The 12-day-long Clear Sky 2018 war games started on October 8, these are the large-scale air-force exercises with the United States and seven other NATO countries. Some 700 troops are taking part, half of them from NATO member countries - the US, UK, Poland, Denmark, Netherlands, Estonia, Romania, and Belgium.

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