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The death of Fresno-based fighter pilots "hurts everyone," says Air Force veteran



FRESNO, California – A Fresno-based pilot was confirmed as one of two deaths in a fighter jet crash in Ukraine.

Wednesday confirmed the US Air Force, the pilot killed Tuesday was Lieutenant Colonel Seth "Jethro" Nehring

Nehring was a member of the 144th Fighter Wing here in Fresno

He was one of two pilots killed in the crash were. The jet went down during a military exercise at the Clear Sky 201

8, the other pilot comes from the Ukraine.

Video of the crash site in Ukraine shows "burn scars" from a fire in which the jet crashed in a field.

The US Air Force confirmed that the crash of the pilot Lt. Col. Seth "Jethro" Nehring from the 144th Jagdgeschwader in Fresno together with a Ukrainian pilot

"It is sad in training and something goes wrong and people are killed or injured, and it does not just the Air Force, the military hurts, it just hurts everybody around, "said Bill Rogers, an Air Force Vietnam veteran.

Officials said Nehring was a member of the 144th family for more than 20 years.

According to the Air Force, he and the Ukrainian pilot were in the same jet when it collapsed.

Rogers, who served with the Air Force during Vietnam, said that there is always risk – even during exercise.

"Something can happen at any time during these times, and the pilots train for everything all the time and it's just sad," he said.

Almost two weeks ago, Nehring drove together with other aviators from the 144th Fighter Wing in Fresno was used for training exercises in Ukraine.

The Air Force said that Nehring was handpicked to be part of the Clear Sky 2018 event involving approximately 950 personnel from nine nations.

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The United States and Ukraine are conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the accident.

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