YUBA CITY, Calif. (CBSLA.com/AP) — The U.S. Air Force says a U-2 spy plane has crashed after taking off from Beale Air Force Base in Northern California.
Authorities initially said two pilots safely ejected before the crash around 9 a.m. Tuesday, but Sgt. Charity Barrett of Beale Air Force Base confirmed one pilot’s death. A second pilot was injured, according to the Associated Press.
Military officials say the aircraft was assigned to the 1st Reconnaissance squadron and was on a training mission.
The Sutter County Sheriff’s Office says the plane crashed in the Sutter Butte mountains about 60 miles north of Sacramento.
The crash comes about 20 years to the day after a U-2 spy plane crashed into the parking lot of the Oroville Mercury-Register newspaper in Sutter County on Aug. 7 1996, killing the pilot and a woman who was in the parking lot.
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