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U.S. Finds Recon Plane 'Flyable'

Friday, 04 May 2001 12:00 AM

"We confirmed that it is flyable, but we don't know what that means, how much work has to be done," he said.

The question remains whether China will allow a team and equipment in to do the repairs, and whether it will grant permission for the aircraft to fly off of its runway.

"They don't like planes flying in and out of there," the Pentagon official told United Press International.

Five U.S. technicians - sent to inspect the Navy's EP-3 surveillance plane impounded on Hainan island - completed their on-scene work Friday and will return to Hawaii today for debriefing and assessment of findings, a Pentagon spokesman said.

The team finished inspecting critical flight systems about 4:30 p.m. local time after six hours of work.

China has not yet agreed to return the aircraft or its equipment, which Chinese technicians have been "inspecting" on their own.

The four-engine plane was badly damaged when a Chinese fighter jet hit it April 1 in international airspace. It was unclear how the United States would effect its repatriation if Chinese authorities eventually agree to U.S. demands.

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