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(NEW YORK) — A U-2 Air Force reconnaissance aircraft has crashed in Sutter County, California, military officials said Tuesday.

Both pilots aboard ejected, but their status is unknown, officials said.

“We can confirm a U-2 from the 9th Reconnaissance Wing at Beale Air Force Base has gone down in Sutter County, California,” an Air Force spokesperson said. “Two pilots have ejected. Additional details to follow when available.”

Beale Air Force Base is located 40 miles north of Sacramento. Sutter County is located west of the Air Force base.

Operational U-2 aircraft are single-seater aircraft, but there are two-seater versions used to train new pilots.

First used in the late 1950s, the high-altitude U-2 aircraft are still being used to gain intelligence on the battlefield.

They are deployed to the Middle East to help in gathering visual intelligence on ISIS, according to military officials.

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