United States service member killed in fighter crash in Ukraine

U.S. serviceman is killed in Ukraine during NATO drills that included California National Guard unit

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.

"This is a sad day for the United States and Ukraine", Air Force Maj.

Military authorities said the bodies of the two airmen had been recovered.

The U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Africa confirmed that a U.S serviceman died in an accident, in a statement published on its website on October 17.

The identity of the American was being withheld for 24 hours to allow for the notification of family.

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 project director.

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No other aircraft were involved, and an investigation is being conducted by both militaries to determine the cause of the accident, it said in a statement.

"This kind of flight is done by very experienced pilots", he added.

He was taking part in the Clear Sky exercise, a multinational training event involving the US, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Ukraine, Poland, the Netherlands, Romania, and the United Kingdom.

The crash was in the Khmelnytskyi region of western Ukraine.

"On behalf of all Californians, Governor Brown and First Lady Anne Gust Brown honor California Air National Guard Lt. Col. Seth "Jethro" Nehring, who bravely gave his life in service to our state and nation", the release from Governor Brown's office read.

California units were heavily represented in Clear Sky with F-15C Eagles and C-130J Super Hercules.

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