• Short Summary

    THE HELMSTEDT-MARIENBORN CHECKPOINT ON THE WEST BERLIN BORDER WAS THE SCENE OF A DRAMATIC CROSSING YESTERDAY (MONDAY, APRIL 20TH) WHEN EAST GERMANY RELEASED FIVE CHILDREN DETAINED OVERNIGHT WHEN THEIR PLANE WAS FORCED DOWN BY MIG FIGHTERS.

  • Description

    THE HELMSTEDT-MARIENBORN CHECKPOINT ON THE WEST BERLIN BORDER WAS THE SCENE OF A DRAMATIC CROSSING YESTERDAY (MONDAY, APRIL 20TH) WHEN EAST GERMANY RELEASED FIVE CHILDREN DETAINED OVERNIGHT WHEN THEIR PLANE WAS FORCED DOWN BY MIG FIGHTERS. THE FATHER OF THREE OF THEM AND THE PILOT OF THE CESSNA 170, ACCUSED OF VIOLATING EAST GERMAN AIR SPACE, ARE STILL BEING HELD FOR QUESTIONING AND ARE REPORTED TO BE IN EAST BERLIN.

    THE CHILDREN-ALL SUFFERING FROM WHOOPING COUGH-CROSSED THE BORDER BY PRIVATE CAR AND WERE IMMEDIATELY TAKEN TO HELMSTEDT HEALTH OFFICE FOR EXAMINATION BY WAITING RED CROSS OFFICIALS.

    THE PLANE WITH THE YOUNGSTERS ON BOARD TOOK OFF FROM LUENEBURG, NORTH GERMANY, ON A HIGH ALTITUDE FLIGHT-A TREATMENT FREQUENTLY USED IN WEST GERMANY TO HELP CURE WHOOPING COUGH. EAST GERMANY CLAIMED THE CESSNA STRAYED INTO AIR SPACE, AND TWO SOVIET-BUILT MIG JET FIGHTERS FIRED WARNING SHOTS, FORCING IT TO LAND IN A MARSHY FIELD, ABOUT A MILE (1.6 KMS) INSIDE EAST GERMANY TERRITORY.

    THE FIVE CHILDREN, ALL COUSINS AGED BETWEEN 18 MONTHS AND SEVEN YEARS, SPENT SUNDAY NIGHT IN A HOSPITAL NEAR MARIENBORN.

    UNDER POST-WAR AGREEMENT, BRITAIN CONTROLS AIR CORRIDORS IN THE NORTHERN PART OF WEST GERMANY, AND BRITISH MILITARY AUTHORITIES HAVE ALREADY STARTED A FULL INVESTIGATION INTO THE INCIDENT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVASA5AH67VEMQ4MADXE04RYLOS
    Media URN:
    VLVASA5AH67VEMQ4MADXE04RYLOS
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/04/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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