U-2 crashes near Sutter Buttes

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  • By Senior Airman Benjamin Bugenig
  • 9th Reconnaissance Wing Public Affairs

An Air Force U-2 Dragon Lady crashed shortly after takeoff at approximately 9:05 a.m. Sept. 20 near the Sutter Buttes.

One pilot is confirmed deceased, while the other sustained injuries.

The aircraft was assigned to 1st Reconnaissance Squadron, Beale Air Force Base, California, and was on a training mission.

Two pilots were on board and ejected from the aircraft.

The incident is currently under investigation.  Additional details will be provided as they become available.