British Crash Kills U.S. Spy Pilot

<i> Associated Press</i>

A U.S. spy plane that was part of NATO’s Bosnia operation crashed shortly after takeoff Tuesday, killing the pilot, the U.S. Air Force said.

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

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