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Crash of Ukraine's Su-27 - Prosecutor’s office question more than 40 people

Experts are scanning information from black boxes found at the scene
22:43, 17 October 2018

Su-27 Flanker of Ukraine's Air Force, Fairford, UK, 2017
Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

Ukrainian Prosecutor’s office questioned more than 40 witnesses about the crash of the fighter aircraft Sukhoi Su-27, as a result of which Ukrainian and American pilots died. Andrii Lysenko, Spokesperson of the Prosecutor General’s office, reposted this on Facebook.

Related: Flight recorder found at site of Ukraine's Su-27 crash

The case is pending by the investigators of the Investigative Department of the General Directorate of the National Police in Vinnytsia region. Military prosecutors carry out procedural guidance and directly carry out urgent investigative and procedural actions.

He added that the experts are scanning the black boxes found at the scene.

Related: "Clear Sky" drills stopped due to crash of Su-27

The collection of the remains of the dead at the scene is completing, a forensic molecular genetic examination is planned to be undertaken as well. Also, a forensic medical and the forensic examination of petroleum products have already been appointed, in order to study the fuel samples, which the aircraft was refueled with.

October 16, the fighter aircraft Su-27 crashed in Vinnytsia region. Later it was reported that both of the pilots of Sukhoi Su-27 fighter deceased. The search and rescue group found bodies of two servicemen. One of them was Colonel Ivan Petrenko, the Chief of Aviation of Ukraine's 'East' Air Force Command, the other one was U.S. military man.

Related: Ukraine's Air Force HQ confirms death of U.S. pilot in Su-27 crash

Also, the events planned for October 18-19 at Starostyantyniv and Havryshevka airfields with the participation of the representatives of the mass media within "Clear Sky-2018" drills will not be held due the crash.

Clear Sky 2018 is a joint and multinational exercise, where 950 officers from nine countries will take part, including Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, the UK, and the U.S.

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

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