BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — The Latest on the crash of a U.S. Air Force U-2 spy plane in California (all times local):
The U.S. Air Force has identified the pilot who died after ejecting from a U-2 spy plane that crashed in Northern California as Lt. Col. Ira S. Eadie.
Military officials said Wednesday that Eadie was assigned to the 1st Reconnaissance Squadron at Beale Air Force Base near Sacramento, California. They did not release his age or hometown.
Base officials said another pilot who survived sustained injuries that are not life-threatening and is in good condition at a local medical facility. The surviving pilot was not identified.
The pilots ejected from their stricken plane shortly after takeoff on a training mission. It crashed about 20 miles from the runway.
U-2 flights from Beale have been suspended.
A senior officer at Beale Air Force Base says military personnel recovering the two pilots who ejected from a stricken U-2 spy plane found that both their parachutes had deployed.
But Col. Danielle Barnes said Wednesday she could not discuss what caused one pilot to die in Tuesday’s incident.
The Air Force has not released the identity of the pilot or information about the condition of a comrade who survived.
Barnes says military investigators are looking into the cause of the crash, but there’s no timeline for them to conclude their probe.
They ejected from a high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft shortly after a routine takeoff from the base north of Sacramento, California. The plane slammed into a mountainous area and caught fire about 20 miles west of the runway.
Commanders at Beale Air Force Base are scheduled to hold a news conference on the fatal crash of a U-2 spy plane in Northern California.
One pilot was killed and another injured Monday when they ejected from the high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft shortly after a routine takeoff from the base north of Sacramento.
The plane slammed into the side of the Sutter Butte mountains and caught fire about 20 miles west of the runway. The pilots landed a short distance away.
Officials have not released the identity of the pilot who died or information about the condition of the surviving airman.
The U-2 “Dragon Lady” flies at extremely high altitudes to capture images, radio signals and other information useful to intelligence officers and battlefield commanders.