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China-US Relations / Crew Homecoming #397586

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Apr 12, 2001
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(Studio: Dan Rather) The return to the United States of the 24 crew members of the American spy plane that made an emergency landing on Hainan Island, China, featured; scenes shown of the crew's arrival at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. [President BUSH - says the crew did nothing wrong.]

(Pentagon: David Martin) The interrogation of the crew by Chinese officials reviewed; details about the moments after the spy plane's collision with a Chinese fighter jet; animated diagram shown. [Continental Airlines pilot Tom PINARDO - says the crew nearly bailed out.] [Continental Airlines flight attendant Deb PURSELL - says pilot Lieutenant Shane Osborn had to struggle to land the plane.] [Former United States Navy technician Glenn WEBSTER - says the crew automatically disabled the equipment.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii: Bill Whitaker) The arrival of the crew at Hickam Air Force Base featured. [OSBORN - says it is good to be back.] [Pilot's wife Janet MILO - talks about seeing the crew come home.] [US Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Thomas FARGO - congratulates the crew.]

(Studio: Dan Rather; Beijing: Barry Petersen) The Chinese perspective on the return of the crew and the issue of United States weapons sales to Taiwan discussed.

Martin, David;
Petersen, Barry;
Rather, Dan;
Whitaker, Bill

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