Military Spy Plane Crashes After Takeoff; Pilot Killed

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.

(TM and © Copyright 2016 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2016 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

Comments

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Los Angeles

KNX 1070 Newsradio
Play.It
Follow Us On Twitter

Listen Live