July 6, 2001 |
The U.S. spy plane that was at the center of a diplomatic standoff between the United States and China arrived at a Georgia air base, where it will be inspected to see if it can be fixed and returned to service. A Russian cargo plane carrying parts of the $80-million EP-3, which had been held in China since April 1, touched down at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta.
July 4, 2001 |
The final pieces of an American spy plane that had been stranded for three months in southern China were packed up and flown out Tuesday, wrapping up a tempestuous chapter in Sino-U.S. relations. A chartered Russian cargo plane picked up the remaining sections of the Navy EP-3 from Hainan island and took off for Honolulu, where it arrived about 12 hours later, U.S. military officials said.
June 24, 2001 |
American technicians have made progress in dismantling a crippled Navy surveillance plane and have removed its tail cone in preparation for flying the aircraft home from China's Hainan island, according to U.S. contractors. The aircraft has been stranded on Hainan since it made an emergency landing there April 1 after colliding with a Chinese fighter jet over the South China Sea. Photographs released by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co.
June 10, 2001 |
A Russian air cargo company said Saturday that it has been picked to fly a dismantled U.S. Navy spy plane out of China. Leonid Shirobokov, a spokesman for Polyot, told the Interfax and Itar-Tass news agencies that his company had won the contract, which was announced last week by the U.S. Defense Department. He said a Russian Antonov 124-100 will take the EP-3 spy plane from the airfield on the Chinese island of Hainan, but he did not give a date for the operation.
June 8, 2001 |
China and the United States have wrapped up an agreement on the return of an American spy plane stuck for more than two months on southern Hainan island, bringing to an end one of the worst confrontations to bedevil the two countries in recent years. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Sun Yuxi told reporters Thursday that negotiations had concluded on dismantling the Navy EP-3 and sending it home. Four technicians from the U.S.
May 30, 2001 |
The Bush administration has agreed to dismantle a damaged U.S. spy plane and ship it home from China on a chartered Russian cargo jet, abandoning its hopes of flying the EP-3 back to the United States, officials said Tuesday. "We have agreed now in principle that an Antonov-124 aircraft can be used to remove our EP-3 aircraft from Lingshui air field on Hainan island," State Department spokesman Philip T. Reeker said.