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Mideast / Israel, Libya #468829

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Feb 22, 1973
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(Studio) Israel says had sufficient reason to suspect Libyan passenger plane, shot down by Israel, was on war-like mission. Curtains down on all plane windows; plane flying over sensitive defense area in Sinai desert. Plane refused to heed Israeli warnings to land. Egypt says plane was off course in bad weather and not far from Cairo destination when shot down.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Tel Aviv, Israel) Among few survivors of crash is copilot, who says pilot realized Israeli fighter planes wanted Libyan plane to land. Another survivor believed to be former Libyan foreign minister 1 theory is that he may have ordered pilot not to obey Israeli demands. [Passenger Feisal A-SHARAYA - says saw fighter from window and told captain about it. Captain appeared unconcerned.] Israeli Defense Min. Moshe Dayan says regrets incident but feels Israel justified in action. Dayan doesn't expect reprisals, but other diplomats do.
REPORTER: David Burrington

(Studio) Egyptians say pilot, who was French, thought he was over Egypt and thought Israeli fighters were Egyptian MiG's. Cairo authorities play tape of last 9 mins. of communication between Cairo airport tower and pilot. Tape does not indicate pilot aware of trouble.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Cairo, Egypt) Egypt angry over incident. Threatens retaliation. Little reaction so far from Libyan President Qaddafi.

(Studio) Reaction in rest of Arab world vehement. Israeli commando raid into Lebanon worsens situation.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(N. Lebanon) Israelis blew up El Fatah command center and local office of Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine. Nearby United Nations center damaged in battle. Is agency for Palestinian refugees.
REPORTER: Richard Hunt

(Studio) Despite incidents, Egyptians and Americans still going ahead with high level dip. contact. National security adviser to Egyptian President Sadat meets tomorrow in Washington, DC with Nixon. Name is Hafez Ismail and is known as Egypt's Kissinger.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Burrington, David;
Chancellor, John;
Hunt, Richard;
North, Don

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