Pilot Killed, Another Injured When U-2 Spy Plane Crashes In Sutter County

SUTTER COUNTY (CBS SF) — The pilot of a military plane was killed when it crashed in a remote area in Northern California, while a second pilot was injured, according to an U.S. Air Force official.

An Air Force U-2 Dragon Lady crashed around 9:05 a.m. near Sutter Buttes, a formation of lava domes dotting the plains in Sutter County about 60 miles north of Sacramento. A CBS 13 Sacramento tower camera captured images of the crash scene and resulting grass fire.

A U-2 Dragon Lady (Air Force photo)

A U-2 Dragon Lady (Air Force photo)

A press release from the USAF 9th Reconnaissance Wing at Beale Air Force Case said the plane was on a training mission and that two pilots ejected.

Hours after the crash, Sgt. Charity Barrett of Beale AFB confirmed one pilot had been killed. A second pilot was injured but the extent of the injuries was unknown.

The Air Force said the plane was assigned to the 1st Reconnaissance Squadron at Beale AFB and the crash was under investigation.

The U-2, known for its spying capabilities, can fly at more than over 70,000 feet, requiring pilots to wear pressure suits similar to astronauts.




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