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|June 22, 2005
Release Number: 05-06-29C
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PILOT DIES AFTER U-2 CRASH IN SOUTHWEST ASIA
SOUTHWEST ASIA – The pilot of a U.S. Air Force U-2 died when the plane crashed in Southwest Asia at 11:30 p.m. (GMT) Tuesday.
“The Airmen of the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing mourn the loss of a true American hero in the service of his country,” said Col. Darryl Burke, 380th Air Expeditionary Wing commander.
The name of the pilot will be withheld until notification of next of kin.
The pilot completed flying a mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and was returning to base when the crash occurred.
The cause of the crash is not known. An investigation board will determine its cause.
An interim investigation board president has been appointed by the wing commander of the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing. A full investigation board will convene to continue the investigation.
The site of the crash has been secured to ensure the safety of local citizens and the integrity of the site for investigation team members.
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