I just read this blurb off the AP wire
– apparently a U2 spy plane was shot down over an unspecified Asian
country, which is still secret due to â€œhost nation sensitivities.â€? You
may remember a U2 shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960 caused quite the diplomatic flap.
U.S. Spy Plane Crashes in Southwest Asia
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: June 22, 2005
Filed at 8:16 a.m. ET
Iraq (AP) â€“ A U.S. Air Force U-2 spy plane has crashed in southwest
Asia, the U.S. military announced Wednesday, and one official said the
location has not been released because â€˜â€™host nation sensitivities’â€™
The cause of the crash and the pilotâ€™s status
were not known, U.S. Central Command said in a brief written statement.
The crash happened Tuesday night at 2330 GMT.
The Central Commandâ€™s statement used the term southwest Asia, which can be used as a substitute for describing the Middle East.
specific location is not releasable due to host nation sensitivities,’â€™
U.S. Air Force Capt. David W. Small, a Central Command spokesman, said
in an e-mailed response to a query for more information.
Small said he expected that the military would release more information shortly.
Update: It crashed in the United Arab Emirates, and the pilot was killed.