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Pilot killed in U-2 crash identified

Pilot killed in U-2 crash identified”

Col. Ira Eadie, who grew up in Lake City, was killed after ejecting from a U-2 spy plane just after takeoff Tuesday in Northern California.

Officials at a Wednesday news conference said they had little information on what caused the plane to crash in the Sutter Buttes Tuesday morning shortly after taking off from its home base at Beale. The senior pilot was a lieutenant-colonel.

Today, the U-2 serves to provide high-altitude surveillance for the U.S. Air Force.

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Roby ejected from the plane but was found dead in his seat at the end of the parachute. The conditions of the pilots were unclear. The plane was on a training mission and took off from Beale Air Force Base, California. Built by the defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp, the U-2 fleet is based at Beale, with some planes flying missions from air bases around the world. "One pilot is confirmed deceased, while the other sustained injuries", Beale Air Force Base said in a press release.

"Care for those security force personnel and also care for the the investigation team", said Barnes. "I would match the safety and maintenance record of the U-2 with any of the apparatus the Air Force flies".

The Beale Air Force Base hosts the U-2 which is usually a single-seat airplane as well as the two-seat version of the plane which is often used for training purposes. The Soviet Union shot down a U-2 and captured pilot Frances Gary Powers in 1960.

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The Air Force initially reported the two crew members had "safely ejected" and were awaiting recovery.

The U-2 planes aren't used almost as much today.

Before the crash, the Air Force said it had 33 U-2s.

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The U-2 is slated for retirement in 2019 as the military relies increasingly on unmanned aircraft for intelligence gathering, though senior US lawmakers from California are pressuring the Air Force to delay the retirement.



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