The death of the American pilot during the crash of Su-27 in Vinnytsia region within "Clear Sky-2018" drills on October 16 was confirmed by the officials of U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa as Stars and Stripes reported.
According to the message, a deceased man was a member of the 144th Fighter Wing, California Air National Guard, based in Fresno, Calif. However, the officials do not disclose the name of the pilot.
Also, it is emphasized that Ukrainian and American sides hold the joint investigation of the tragedy.
As we reported, on 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.
Also, the events planned for October 18-19 at Starostyantyniv and Havryshivka airfields with the participation of the representatives of the 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.