USA Spy Plane Crash in Southwest Asia

BAGHDAD (AP) - A U.S. air force U-2 spy plane has crashed in southwest Asia, and the status of the pilot was not known, the military said Wednesday.

The cause of Tuesday night's crash also was not known, U.S. Central Command in Baghdad said in a brief, written statement.

One official said the location of the crash was not released because "host nation sensitivities" were involved.

The Central Command's statement used the term "southwest Asia," which can be used as a substitute for describing the Middle East.

"The specific location is not releasable due to host nation sensitivities," U.S. Air Force Capt. David Small, a Central Command spokesman, said in an e-mail when asked for more information.

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