└Como Se Dice, Don't Shoot?

I don't know if this is bandito or it's amigo, o.k.?" says the voice on the flight recorder. "Es posible we'll get him to land in Iquitos and check, O.K.?" And later: "Don't shoot! ¡No mas! ¡No mas!" An audiotape and State Department report released last week make clear that language barriers were a key factor in the mistaken shooting down of a U.S. plane by a Peruvian military jet in April, killing an American missionary, Veronica Bowers, and her daughter Charity. The CIA-contracted U.S. pilots, watching from a surveillance plane, repeatedly voiced concerns, but a Peruvian liaison official onboard, required...

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