Downed Spy Plane Takes Sino-U.S. Relations To New Level


The damaged U.S. surveillance plane on the tarmac of Lingshui Airport, China.

Monday, April. 2, 2001 The collision of a U.S. spy plane with one of two Chinese jet fighter planes on Sunday has further heightened tensions between the two countries. The Chinese pilot is said to be missing after his plane crashed into the South China Sea, and the fate of 24 U.S. crew members is unknown, after their emergency landing on Hainan Island on China’s south coast. In a mayday call, the crew reported they were O.K, but they have not been heard of since. Meanwhile, both China and the U.S. are blaming each other for the...

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