A Soviet pilot landed his top-secret MiG 25 aircraft at a civilian airport at Hakodate in Japan on Monday (6 September) and sought asylum in the United States.
LV ZOOM IN Soviet MIG 25 fighter at end of runway.
AERIAL VIEW Aircraft on ground and GV aircraft. (2 shots)
SV AND GV People watching as plane is covered. (3 shots)
LAURIE: "The new model Soviet MiG fighter landed, then skidded off the end of the short runway. Police said its pilot emerged, waving a pistol, and fired a few shots, but later went with police to the airport terminal. The unidentified Russian airman told police he wanted to seek political asylum in America. The Japanese sent in a Foreign Ministry official to help determine how to handle the airman's request. The Soviets called on Japan to allow them to interview the would-de defector, and the whole incident should prove embarrassing, militarily to the Russians and politically to the Japanese. The MiG Number 25A is the most advanced and fastest in the Soviet arsenal. According to police its pilot said it was full of military secrets. Japanese officials ordered the plane covered up. Now, obviously under considerable pressure, they face the question of what to do with both the plane and its controversial pilot."
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Background: A Soviet pilot landed his top-secret MiG 25 aircraft at a civilian airport at Hakodate in Japan on Monday (6 September) and sought asylum in the United States. The aircraft is said to be the most advanced fighter-interceptor in the world. NBC reporter Jim Laurie takes up the story.