Ukrainian military jet crashes killing 2

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Two pilots, a Ukrainian and an American, died when a Ukrainian SU-27UB fighter jet crashed during the NATO Clear Sky 2018 worldwide military drills Ukraine, the General Staff of Ukraine's Armed Forces reported on October 16.

USA servicemen stand in front of US F-15 fighter during an air force exercises on Starokostyantyniv military airbase in Ukraine, Oct. 12, 2018.

Officials said Wednesday they were waiting to release further details, such as the airman's job, until next of kin was notified.

"We will provide more information as soon as it becomes available", the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa said in a statement.

The identity of the American was being withheld for 24 hours to allow for the notification of family. Moreover, officers from the Ukrainian Air Force have started their own investigation into the cause of the crash.

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Garrison extended "our deepest condolences" to the family, friends and fellow airmen of both the USA airman and Ukrainian aviator killed in the crash. Gen. Clay Garrison, California ANG commander and Clear Sky exercise director. The Ukranian air force said that training flights of all types of aircraft would continue, according to UNIAN.

The pilots were taking part in a "training and combat flight" as part of multinational military exercises with the United States and seven other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries.

Military prosecutors in Ukraine's Central region have launched an inquiry.

Kiev, which is not a member but wants to join North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and the West have accused Russian Federation of backing rebels in Ukraine's war-torn east and sending troops across the border, claims Moscow has repeatedly denied. "Aircraft from California units will include F-15C Eagles and a C-130J Super Hercules", said the Air Force.

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