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Pilot Killed in Crash of American U-2 Spy Plane


The U.S. military says the pilot of an American U-2 spy plane was killed when the plane crashed late Tuesday in southwest Asia.

Military officials have not specified the exact location of the crash, saying that "host nation sensitivities" are involved.

But officials say the plane went down as it returned to Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates. The U-2s are assigned to the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing, which operates out of the base.

Central Command says the plane had just finished a mission for Operation Enduring Freedom - the name for U.S. operations in Afghanistan.

Officials say they do not believe the plane was brought down by hostile fire.

The U-2 is a high-altitude aircraft used for reconnaissance and surveillance.

Some information for this report provided by Bloomberg.