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A1leged Shootdown of US Aircraft Over Chinese Territory on October iMbb
An Intensive analysis of all available material concerning the eventsctober does notonclusive answer as toS aircraft was brought down in Chinese territory as Peking has claimed.
The only US plane unaccounted for on 5washich was last observed as it completed its bomb run over thearea at Kep, The pilot reported that he was turning and heading to the southeast. The time was reported8 minutes before the time at which Peking claimed to have shot down an intruding aircraft (all times local Vietnam time). IfThunderchief) pilot, for whatever reason, headed northeast immediately at normal speed he would have been well north of Nanning, whichiles from Kep, by the time of the claimed shoot- l[lM5YfS
6. Id view of the above, it Is clear thatplaoe which the Chinese could have shot5 October over their territory was the(Thunderchief). Since the course of thefollowing its departure fromarea, cannot be established, it is notdetermine whereThunderchief)down. This will be true even if thedisplay its wreckage, because the planecome down in North Vietnam and beenChinese territory to buttress thers
It Is also true tbat in the past tho Chinesehave neverhootdown of intruding aircraft without actually having done so.Original document.