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USSR Pilot / Japan Landing / United States Asylum Request #490285

NBC Evening News for Monday, Sep 06, 1976
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(Studio) USSR pilot lands at Japan airport and requests asylum in US.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Tokyo, Japan) (Japanese television film shown.) USSR airman lands MiG fighter at small airport in Hakodate, Japan. Reports say he fired several shots and told Japanese police he wanted political asylum in US. Japanese call in foreign min. official to determine best course of action; incident will be militarily embarrassing for USSR and politically so for Japan. Plane is most advanced and fastest in Soviet arsenal; pilot says it's full of military secrets. Japanese order plane covered; face problem of what to do with it and pilot.
REPORTER: Jim Laurie

Brinkley, David;
Laurie, Jim

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