• Short Summary

    THE UNITED STATES IS NEGOTIATING THROUGH AN AMERICAN-LED UNITED NATIONS COMMITTEE FOR THE RELEASE OF THE THREE-MAN CREW OF ONE OF THEIR HELICOPTERS SHOT DOWN IN NORTH KOREA ON AUGUST 17.

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    THE UNITED STATES IS NEGOTIATING THROUGH AN AMERICAN-LED UNITED NATIONS COMMITTEE FOR THE RELEASE OF THE THREE-MAN CREW OF ONE OF THEIR HELICOPTERS SHOT DOWN IN NORTH KOREA ON AUGUST 17. THE TALKS ARE TALKING PLACE IN THE KOREAN ARMISTICE VILLAGE AT PANMUNJOM.

    NORTH KOREAN SENIOR ARMISTICE DELEGATE MAJOR GENERAL CHUN-SEE LEE SAID YESTERDAY (FRIDAY 29 AUGUST) THAT THE RETURN OF THE CREW WOULD BE CONSIDERED IF THE U.N. COMMAND ADMITTED THAT SENDING THE HELICOPTER OVER NORTH KOREAN WAS A CRIMINAL ACT, APOLOGISED FOR THIS AND GUARANTEED NO RECURRENCE.

    HE ADDED THAT TWO OF THE CREW, CAPTAIN DAVID H. CRAWFORD AND SPECIALIST FOUR HERMAN E. HOFSTATTER WERE BADLY INJURED AND THE PILOT VERNON LEOPKE SLIGHTLY WOUNDED.

    AT THE MEETING GENERAL LEE ASKED THE U.N. COMMAND NEGOTIATOR MAJOR GENERAL ARTHUR ADAMS OF THE U.S. MARINE CORPS WHY THE HELICOPTER FLEW OVER NORTH KOREAN TERRITORY. GENERAL ADAMS REPLIED THAT THE HELICOPTER WAS UNARMED AND HAD NO HOSTILE INTENTIONS. HE ADDED THAT ANYONE WITH MILITARY KNOWLEDGE WOULD KNOW THAT A SMALL MACHINE OF THIS TYPE FLYING AT A VULNERABLE ALTITUDE OF 1,000 FEET AT A SLOW SPEED COULD NOT HOPE TO AVOID BEING SHOT DOWN BY HOSTILE GROUND FORCES. HE ALSO EXPLAINED THAT THE U.N. MILITARY COMMANDER WOULD NEVER DELIBERATELY DESPATCH ANYONE ON SUCH A SUICIDAL MISSION.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAE96GMKEM4KZK6RQTKTCOT7J58
    Media URN:
    VLVAE96GMKEM4KZK6RQTKTCOT7J58
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/08/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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