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Pilot of U.S. spy plane killed

U-2 crashes upon return from Afghanistan mission

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An American U-2 spy plane went down Wednesday morning in the United Arab Emirates, killing the pilot.

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- An American U-2 spy plane crashed early Wednesday morning in the United Arab Emirates, killing the pilot, U.S. military officials said.

UAE government sources said the crash was on Al Dhafra Air Base, about an hour outside the capital city of Abu Dhabi. The base is used by U.S. forces.

The Air Force said the crash happened Wednesday at 3:30 a.m. local time (7:30 p.m. ET Tuesday).

U.S. military officials familiar with the incident said they do not believe hostile fire was involved.

The pilot, a member of the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing, was returning to Al Dhafra after having completed a mission over Afghanistan, the military said.

The U.S. Air Force said an investigation would be conducted to determine the cause.

The U-2, a single-seat jet able to fly at high altitudes on surveillance missions, has been flown by the U.S. Air Force for more than 50 years.

CNN's Caroline Faraj contributed to this story from Dubai.

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