22 June 2005 -- The America military said in Baghdad today that the pilot of a U.S. Air Force U-2 spy plane has died in a crash in southwest Asia.
The U.S. Central Command said the cause of last night's crash is under investigation. The pilot was returning to a base from a mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The military did not immediately the release the location or circumstances of the crash.
Southwest Asia contains the Middle East.
The U.S. U-2 reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft first came to world attention in May 1960 when the Soviet Union shot down a U-2 in Soviet air space.
The incident wrecked an international disarmament conference in Paris. Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev stormed out after delivering a condemnation of U.S. spy activities.