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US-China Relations / Plane Crew / The Homecoming #196453

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 12, 2001
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Honolulu, Hawaii: Brian Rooney) The touchdown at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, for the crew of the EP-3 that landed on Hainan Island, China, featured; scenes shown from the tarmac. [US Pacific Fleet commander Admiral Thomas FARGO - tells the crew "welcome back."] [Navy pilot Lieutenant Shane OSBORN - offers thanks.] [Continental Airlines pilot Guy GREIDER - describes the crew's sense of relief.] The schedule for the debriefing of the crew members outlined.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(State Department: Martha Raddatz) What is being learned about the treatment of the crew while in China and about the plane collision featured; animated diagram shown. [Continental Airlines flight attendant Debbie PURCELL - describes what the pilot said.] [Crewman Rodney Young's mother Tilda YOUNG, GREIDER - describe what happened on the plane after the accident.] Photo shown of Chinese pilot Wang Wei.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(White House: Terry Moran) The dramatic change in President Bush's tone towards China featured. [BUSH - talks about the relationship with China and its recent practice of challenging American aircraft in international air space.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) The story of American citizens or residents being held in China updated; photos shown of Gao Zhan, Hua Di and Li Shaomin, who are being held as "political hostages."

Jennings, Peter;
Moran, Terry;
Raddatz, Martha;
Rooney, Brian

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