Flight Emergency Led to Jet Crash in Ukraine
An in-flight emergency caused a Ukrainian Su-27 fighter jet to crash last month during Exercise Clear Sky, killing both an American and Ukrainian pilot, the head of the Ukrainian air force said Thursday.
The Su-27UB Flanker-C, which was on a routine flight as part of the U.S. Air Force-led drills, experienced "an emergency situation that brought it to a catastrophe," said Colonel-General Sergii Drozdov, commander of the Ukraine air force.
Lt. Col. Seth "Jethro" Nehring, a fighter pilot with the California Air National Guard's 194th Fighter Squadron, out of the 144th Fighter Wing, and Col. Ivan Petrenko, deputy commander of the East Air and chief of aviation from Ozern Air Base in Zhytomer, Ukraine, were killed in the Oct. 16 crash.
"The Minister of Defence of Ukraine assigned the investigation board, and now the investigation board is ongoing," Drozdov said through a translator Thursday at the Pentagon.