U-2 crashes near Sutter Buttes Published Sept. 20, 2016 By Senior Airman Benjamin Bugenig 9th Reconnaissance Wing Public Affairs BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- 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.