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1 Pilot Dead, Another Injured in California Spy Plane Crash

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A California Highway Patrol helicopter drops water on a fire caused by the crash of a U.S. Air Force U-2 spy plane in the Sutter Butte Mountains near Yuba City, California, Sept. 20, 2016.

A California Highway Patrol helicopter drops water on a fire caused by the crash of a U.S. Air Force U-2 spy plane in the Sutter Butte Mountains near Yuba City, California, Sept. 20, 2016.

The U.S. Air Force says one pilot was killed and another injured when they ejected from a U-2 spy plane minutes before it crashed Tuesday in Northern California.

The pilots from Beale Air Force Base were participating in a training mission. The crash occurred shortly after takeoff in the Sutter Buttes, a mountain range some 97 kilometers north of Sacramento.

The Air Force did not release the pilots' names or any information about the condition of the surviving airman.

The U-2 is a surveillance and reconnaissance plane capable of flying at extremely high altitudes. It gathers imagery and electronic signals for intelligence analysts and battlefield commanders.

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