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China-US Relations / Fighter Jets #397603

CBS Evening News for Friday, Apr 13, 2001
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: David Martin) The continuing standoff between the United States and China over a downed spy plane after the release of the 24 crew members featured; January 24 Navy file footage shown of Chinese fighter jets flying too close to a spy plane. [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD - explains how the fighter jets can destabilize the larger spy planes; says the crew made several distress calls.] Photos shown of the damaged plane.

(Studio: Dan Rather) The hack attack allegedly performed by Chinese hackers on two United States Navy Websites reported.

(Whidbey Island, WA: John Blackstone) The return of the spy plane's 24 crew members to home base in Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, WA, featured. [Crew member's grandparents Clement and Ione SIKA - says today is a big day.] [BOY - says he is happy the crew is coming home.] [Retired US Air Force Bob MATTESON, World War II prisoners of war Bill ETHRIDGE - comment on the crew. [Crew member's father Robert BLOCHER - says the plane went into a "screaming dive".] [Patrol wing commander Captain William MARRIOTT - describes the effort to land the damaged plane.]

Blackstone, John;
Martin, David;
Rather, Dan

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