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Missing Plane / Search / Policy / Reaction #4736

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 16, 1969
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(Studio) Evidence confirms North Korea shot down plane with 31 aboard. No report of survivors.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) [Defense Department Spokesperson Jerry FRIEDHEIM - says USS Dale picked up bits of fuselage with shrapnel holes. No word of survivors.] Film of Sea of Japan search shown. National Guard not to be called up, as in Pueblo incident. No evidence North Korea mobilizes.
REPORTER: Bill Downs

(DC) President Nixon meets with National Security Council to review incident. Aircraft carrier, possibly USS Kitty Hawk, to be stationed off North Korea's coast, but in international waters to protect future flights in area. Nixon to discuss incident in news conference Friday

(DC) Rogers hints no military reprisal. [ROGERS - says must move from coercion to cooperation.]
REPORTER: John Scali

(DC) Most Republican hawks silent so as not to embarrass Nixon. [Senator William FULBRIGHT - says not usual to send unescorted and unarmed plane into enemy territory.] [Senator Mike MANSFIELD - asks why plane sent out?] Congress cautious.

Clark, Bob;
Downs, Bill;
Gill, Bill;
Reynolds, Frank;
Scali, John

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