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F-14 Fighter Lost / Navy Recovery Plans #45320

ABC Evening News for Friday, Sep 17, 1976
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(Studio) During NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) training exercise Tuesday, F-14 Tomcat fighter aborted take-off from United States Navy carrier John F. Kennedy and rolled off side. Recovery plans underway.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) Navy rescue operations will begin next week off Scapa Flow, Scotland. (Defense Department film shown.) Secret devices on plane noted. Recent defection of Lieutenant Viktor Belenko and resulting USSR loss of MiG 25 is enough to cause USSR to mount recovery effort of own. (Film of MiG 25 in Hakodate, Japan, September 6, 1976, shown.) USSR cruiser shadowing Kennedy at time of accident; it and other USSR ships still on scene. Navy expects no problem in raising plane, but if such occurs, plane will be destroyed with explosives.
REPORTER: Frank Tomlinson

Reasoner, Harry;
Tomlinson, Frank

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