The Ukrainian Su-27 That Crashed With an American Soldier Onboard Had Never Been Repaired During Ukraine’s “Independence”

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


The SU-27UB fighter that crashed in the Vinnytsia region of Ukraine hadn’t been repaired in 27 years. This was reported on the bmpd blog [which in turn cites the following article – ed].

In the material it is claimed that a SU-27UB with the serial number 963104240 was constructed in 1991 and came to the 100th Shipborne Fighter Aviation Regiment of the USSR which was based at the Saki airfield in Crimea. After one year the jet was given to the Ukrainian Armed Forces. It was enlisted in the structure of the 831st brigade of Fighter Aviation in the city of Myrgorod. It was decided to “preserve” the SU-27UB in 2009 in connection with the expiration of a service life, however it was returned to operation in 2014, but at the same time the jet was not repaired. Only camouflage was applied to the SU-27UB, in accordance with the new Ukrainian standard.

In Ukraine the “Clear Sky 2018” multinational aviation exercises took place with the participation of NATO troops. The crash of the jet became known on October 16th. Two persons — the Chief of Aviation of Ukraine’s “East” Air Force Ivan Petrenko and an American serviceman became the victims of the incident.

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