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US-China Relations / Crew Members Return / Osborn #638020

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 12, 2001
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Honolulu, Hawaii: Kerry Sanders) The return to the United States of the 24 spy plane crew members who had been held on Hainan Island, China, featured; scenes shown of their arrival at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. [GIRL - calls the crew "awesome".] [US Navy Lieutenant Shane OSBORN - says the crew members miss their families.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Questions about what will happen to the United States spy plane noted.

(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) The first details from the crew about the collision of the plane with a Chinese fighter jet and interrogations during their time in China given; crew photos shown. [President BUSH - says the crew did nothing to cause the accident.] Animated diagram shown of the collision. [Steven Blocher's father Robert BLOCHER - says his son's training helped him handle interrogation.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Washington: Robert Hager) Lieutenant Osborn's efforts to save the plane and his crew members featured; animated diagrams shown while Osborn's options are reviewed. [OSBORN - addresses audience.] [Continental pilot Pierre FRENAY - says the crew thought of bailing out.] [Pilot and former investigator Thomas FARRIER - says the situation would have been difficult to work in. ] [Continental flight attendant Deb PURSELL - says Osborn physically struggled to control the plane.] [Osborn's mother Diane OSBORN - says she asked how her son landed the plane.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(White House: Campbell Brown) Bush's shift in tone toward China after the return of the crew reported; details given of what happened behind the scenes. [BUSH - says China's behavior does not help China-US relations.] [Former Reagan Chief of Staff Ken DUBERSTEIN - says Bush got what he wanted.]

Brokaw, Tom;
Brown, Campbell;
Hager, Robert;
Miklaszewski, Jim;
Sanders, Kerry

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