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Japan / USSR Pilot / United States Asylum Request #248295

CBS Evening News for Monday, Sep 06, 1976
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(Studio) USSR air force pilot lands MiG 25, USSR 's most advanced jet fighter at airport at Hokkaido, Japan. Police say he wants United States asylum; USSR rptdly. demands plane's return and interview with pilot, but request turned down by Japan.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Tokyo, Japan) Incident creates diplomatic problems for Japan with Soviet neighbors. Japan doesn't permit asylum so pilot cannot stay there and convenient solution would be United States granting such asylum to him. Pilot's reasons for landing in Japan questioned by many because of actions on landing; actions noted. Important question with regard to disposition of plane if pilot granted United States asylum.
REPORTER: Melinda Nix

Nix, Melinda;
Schieffer, Bob

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