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U.S. Spy Plane Crashes, Killing Pilot

An American U-2 spy plane that was part of the NATO operation in Bosnia crashed shortly after takeoff Tuesday, and the pilot died later at a hospital, the U.S. Air Force said.

The plane crashed at the air base at Fairford, 80 miles west of London, said Sgt. Karina Jennings, an Air Force press officer.

The pilot, Capt. David A. Hawkins of Virginia, ejected but died later at a hospital, said Lt. Wilson Camelo, a spokesman at Beale Air Force Base near Sacramento, Calif., where the U-2 was based. His hometown was not available.

The Air Force said the plane had been in Britain since April as part of the operation enforcing the U.N. ban on military aircraft over Bosnia.