A Canadian aircraft searching for radiation from a Soviet spy satellite that crashed over Canada on Tuesday (24 January) has detected what could be radioactive debris.
GV DAWN SCENES At Yellowknife, Canada. (2 shots)
SV Marie Ruman seated at table.
CU Marie Ruman speaking
GV Canadian armed forces research headquarters.
CU PAN ACROSS Map showing trajectory of satellite.
AERIAL VIEW OF search area.
SCU Military spokesman speaking.
GV Yellowknife street scene. (SILENT)
CU Barney Danson, Canadian Defence Minister speaking.
TRANSCRIPT: NEAL: "Yellowknife is a town of 10,000 people in the North-West Territories of Canada. The Russian satellite lit up the sky over the town as it came back to Earth, burning up on the way in. It was seen by a number of residents in the pre-dawn darkness. One of them was Marie Ruman."
SEQ. 3: RUMAN: "I saw something that appeared to me like a jet up in the air and it was a very bright object and behind it was a stream of fire - a long, long tail of fire."
NEAL: "The search for radiation or debris from the satellite is being co-ordinated by the Canadian armed forces. A large map at their headquarters shows how the Cosmos came in, over the Canadian west coast, passed over Yellowknife and finally disintegrated over the wilderness.
That's where Canadian aircraft and ground search teams are checking for radiation in the atmosphere or debris on the ground. They're searching an area over 350 miles long and so far the search has turned up nothing. Indeed a spokesman says the search is extraordinary, but there's no great danger."
SEQ. 7: MILITARY SPOKESMAN: "It's not a matter of great concern because the population density in the area is about one in a hundred at the most - I mean a hundred square miles - certainly its concern though, because there are some people who live in the area, so we have taken pretty extraordinary measures to try and find it."
STEWART: "Presumably in this case President Carter must have known for at least half an hour to get the report himself, pick up the phone, dial Mr. Trudeau, get through to Mr. Trudeau. he must have known for about half an hour before he actually alerted the Canadian Prime Minister?"
SEQ. 9: DANSON: "Well, maybe it depends if he had the phone number at his fingertips or if he had to look it up, or if he had the right number in the first place. But I think, I really (indistinct) splitting hairs it seems to me, what we are doing and have been doing in this whole exercise is working together, getting the job done the best way we know how."
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REPORTERS: ROY NEAL (YELLOWKNIFE); BRIAN STEWART (OTTAWA)
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Background: A Canadian aircraft searching for radiation from a Soviet spy satellite that crashed over Canada on Tuesday (24 January) has detected what could be radioactive debris. A Canadian defence spokesman said the aircraft reported a probable contact in an uninhabited area of Canada's Northwest Territories, some 200 miles (350 Kilometres) from Fort Reliance, a tiny fishing community usually uninhabited in winter. Further action will be decided when analysis of the radiation is completed. As the search continued, Roy Neal of the National Broadcasting Company Incorporated sent this report from the town of Yellowknife.
SYNOPSIS: In Ottawa, Brian Stewart of Canadian Broadcasting Corporation asked Defence Minister Barney Danson to answer criticism of US-Canadian co-operation.