U2 plane crashes in South Korea

Ian Andrew Bell fork@ianbell.com
Fri, 31 Jan 2003 11:53:20 -0800


The U-2 is a single-seater plane.  What would it have taken for the 
Reuters staff to open up a fucking copy of Jane's and figure that out?

The U-2 is pushing 50 years old.  Biggest problem with it is its single 
engine... when it suffers a flame out on takeoff or landing, or over 
enemy territory, you're pretty-much toast.

Maybe Bush will bring back the SR-71?

-Ian.

On Sunday, January 26, 2003, at 12:50 AM, Mr. FoRK wrote:

> http://www.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30200-12234523,00.html
> U2 SPY PLANE CRASHES
> An American U-2 spy plane has crashed near the South Korean capital 
> Seoul.
>
> Local television reports said the pilot ejected moments before the 
> plane
> crashed into a car repair shop and exploded.
> It is not known if there were other crew on board the surveillance 
> plane.
> Two people inside the shop were injured.
> "The plane crashed at around 3pm (0600 GMT) but details including 
> casualties
> and the cause of the accident are not immediately available," a 
> ministry
> spokesman said.
> The aircraft had taken off from a US airbase in Osan, not far from the 
> crash
> site in Hwasong City, south of Seoul.
> About 37,000 US troops are based in South Korea to provide defence 
> against
> the communist North.
>
> Last Updated: 08:08 UK, Sunday January 26, 2003
>
>