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Troubled U.S. Spy Jet Lands at Norway Base

March 12, 1987|From Reuters

OSLO — A supersonic U.S. SR-71 reconnaissance plane made an emergency landing Saturday at Stavanger in western Norway after developing engine problems, a U.S. Embassy official said Wednesday.

"The plane's crew radioed in early on Saturday morning to report they were experiencing engine problems, requiring an emergency landing," the official told reporters.

The twin-jet aircraft, also known as the Blackbird, was whisked immediately after landing into a military hangar at Stavanger airport, where it is being repaired under close guard.

Norwegian military sources said the plane was in international airspace off western Norway when its two-man crew requested the unscheduled landing.

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