Lt. Col. Seth "Jethro" Nehring of Reno was a fighter pilot with the California Air National Guard's 194th Fighter Squadron, part of the U.S. Air Force 144th Fighter Wing based in Fresno, Calif., the Air Force said Wednesday in a statement.
The U.S. Air Force has identified its pilot who died when a Ukranian Air Force Su-27UB Flanker he was riding in crashed on October 16, 2018.
The nationalities of the victims were not immediately revealed.
Local residents reported seeing the jet lose altitude as it diverted from a civilian neighborhood, according to the Kiev-based Ukrainian Independent Information Agency of News, which quoted a Ukrainian air force statement.
Military authorities said the bodies of the two airmen had been recovered.
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"We have seen reports claiming a USA casualty and can confirm a USA service member was involved in this incident".
"We are aware of a Ukrainian Su-27UB fighter aircraft that crashed in the Khmelnytskyi region during Clear Sky 2018 today".
The exercise involves about 950 personnel from nine nations, including Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The U.S. and Ukrainian governments are conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the accident. "It is now under investigation and we will continue to provide more information as it becomes available", it added. Gen. Clay Garrison, commander of the California Air National Guard and director of Clear Sky, said in a statement. It is the first time ever that the unit has brought its F-15C Eagles to Ukraine and is the first time the Air Force has deployed this kind of aircraft to the country since 1998, according to Military.com.