SUTTER, CALIFORNIA: On Tuesday morning, One American pilot killed and another hurt when he comes out shortly before U-2 spy plane crashed in the Northern California.
Military officials said, plane took off from Beale Air Force Base for training mission at 9 a.m. it crashed shortly after that. They have not given any information about injured pilot.
The aircraft was allot to 1st Reconnaissance Squadron it crashed in the Sutter Buttes, a mountain range about 60 miles (97 kilometers) north of Sacramento.
The flight was on the routine path before crash Col. Larry Broadwell, the base commander, said and he commit to support family of late pilot and injured pilot.
Broadwell said, this incident is very disastrous and tough for us to conquer and I am sure that U-2 squadrons in all over world come up with stronger.
The U-2 “Dragon Lady is a scrutiny and reconnaissance plane able to fly above 70,000 feet (21,336 meters), an extremely high altitude that’s twice as high as a typical commercial airliner flies. The U-2 is known as one of the most difficult aircraft to fly at low altitudes due to the characteristics that allow it to travel near space, according to an Air Force fact sheet.
Air Force’s fleet of single-seat U-2s and a double-seat variant are used to train pilot at the Beale Air Force Base to fly the specialized aircraft. The same base is use for the T-38 Talon for training aircraft and the RQ-4 Global Hawk, an unmanned surveillance drone. It is home for 4,500 military personnel.
Gen. Dave Goldfein, the Air Force chief of staff, said on Twitter, “We are sad for our Airman’s death and offer sympathy to his family and those who involved in mourning this tremendous loss.