At the same time, the US Air Force said in a press release that one American service member was involved in the crash.
"We are aware of a Ukrainian Su-27UB fighter aircraft that crashed in the Khmelnytskyi region during Clear Sky 2018 today".
The training exercise included USA aircraft from the California Air National Guard, including F-15C Eagles and a C-130J Super Hercules, in addition to an F-15D from the 48th Fighter Wing, KC-135s from the Illinois Air National Guard and the 100th Air Refueling Wing.
Earlier, it was reported that the Ukrainian Su-27 and the US F-15 fighter jets conducted a training mission within Clear Sky 2018 military drills. "It is now under investigation and we will continue to provide more information as it becomes available", it added.
Though we don't yet know the exact reason why the USA pilot was flying in the Flanker, Approximately 950 personnel from Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, The Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States are taking part in the drills.
U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Africa issued a statement saying it "can confirm a U.S. service member was involved in this incident", but was unable to confirm the pilot's death. More details will be added as they emerge.
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