BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, California (AFNS) — Air Force public affairs says a U-2 crashed shortly after takeoff at approximately 9:05 a.m. Sept. 20 near the Sutter Buttes mountain range. Two pilots were onboard and ejected from the aircraft.

The aircraft was assigned to 1st Reconnaissance Squadron at Beale Air Force Base, and was on a training mission. Two pilots were onboard and ejected the aircraft.  One pilot is confirmed deceased, while the other sustained injuries.

The incident is currently under investigation.

“We are deeply saddened by the death of one of our U-2 pilots from Beale Air Force Base. We are grateful for this Airman’s patriotism and dedication to country, and honor the Airman’s service. We offer our deepest condolences to the Airman’s family and to all who are mourning this tremendous loss. When we are faced with times like this it’s critical we come together to honor the Airman we lost and to comfort each other in our time of grief. Dawn and I ask that you also keep the injured Airman in your prayers.”- Gen. David L. Goldfein

The identity of the deceased has not been released.

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