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Chinese Pilot Wanted to Shoot Down U.S. Plane, Forced It to Land

Monday, 09 April 2001 12:00 AM

"The officials at ground control were cool-headed," one source told the South China Morning Post. "Zhao could have shot the plane down, but that would have meant the death of 24 U.S. airmen. It would have been an act of war, whereas the collision was an accident."

The newspaper said Zhao then forced the heavily damaged EP-3 plane, which tried to fly away from China, to land at Hainan. It was not clear if ground control officials ordered the maneuvers that led to the plane's landing in Chinese territory.

Though the U.S. plane was flying in international airspace, China claims the Navy plane veered suddenly into a Chinese fighter, sending it plunging into the South China Sea. China is still searching for the pilot, Wang Wei.

President Bush sent a letter of sympathy expressing his "regret" to Ruan Guoqin, the wife of the missing pilot. A letter purportedly from her, sent last week to the White House, called Bush "too cowardly to voice an 'apology.' "

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