Two Pilots Die In Ukrainian Fighter Jet Crash, U.S. Pilot 'Involved'

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The accident occurred at around 5:00 PM local time on October 16, 2018, near the village of Ulaniv, which is situated approximately 185 miles southwest of the Ukranian capital Kyiv.

"We regret to report that according to the information of the search and rescue team, the bodies of two pilots have been found", said the statement.

The U.S. Army has an ongoing mission in Western Ukraine focused on training indigenous ground forces involved in the fight against Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine's east.

One pilot was a US national, said local media reports.

The circumstances of the crash - which occurred in the Khmelnytskyy region, around 180 kilometers southwest of Kyiv - have yet to be clarified, it added.

"We are aware of a Ukrainian Su-27UB fighter aircraft that crashed in the Khmelnytskyi region during Clear Sky 2018 today".

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Later, U.S. Air Forces in Europe (USAFE)has confirmedthat a U.S. service member was involved in the incident, but has no made an official announcement as to their status.

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.

The U.S. Air Force command based in Europe said the American pilot, who was not identified, was among the two pilots on board at the time.

U.S. Air Force pilots are now in Ukraine participating in a large-scale multi-national aviation exercise known as "Clear Sky" involving close to 1,000 personnel from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries.

We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

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