U2 spy plane crash in California kills pilot, injures another

September 20, 2016 5:25 PM EDT

A U-2 reconnaissance plane belonging to the U.S. Air Force comes in for a landing at a U.S. air force base in Osan, south of Seoul April 3, 2013. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won


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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Air Force U-2 spy plane crashed shortly after takeoff during a training mission on Tuesday morning in California, killing one of the pilots and injuring the other, the Air Force said.

Both the pilots had ejected from the aircraft, which crashed in an unpopulated area of Sutter County. The Air Force declined further comment, saying the crash was under investigation.

The single-engine aircraft is manufactured by Lockheed Martin Corp (NYSE: LMT).

(Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Chris Reese)



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