An American DC3 transport aircraft - forced down in Mecklenburg, East Germany, May 20 - flew into Wiesbaden, West Germany, May 26, with its crew of five, four passengers, and an American liaison officer.
LV. Plane taxies into Wiesbaden.
CU. Sign "Wiesbaden".
SV.INT. Conference room.
SV.PAN. Crew members and others.
SIDE V. Reporters.
SCU S.O.F. - Captain Lundy speaks.
SV. S.O.F. - Lundy continues.
"I had just prepared the radio to call Hamburg tower and the coast was just visible when we were intercepted by MIGs. I could not determine what they were requiring us to do except it was evident that we were in their territory. We lowered the landing gear, and a few blasts were heard from their machine-guns. There was no doubt in my mind that we were to land."
"I was questioned several times that day and the next day. Our treatment was good, the food was good and the Russians helped us out in any way they could for our comfort."
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Background: An American DC3 transport aircraft - forced down in Mecklenburg, East Germany, May 20 - flew into Wiesbaden, West Germany, May 26, with its crew of five, four passengers, and an American liaison officer.
At a press conference, Captain J.P. Lundy, the chief pilot, said (S.O.F.):
Captain Lundy added that wrong information about the strength and direction of the wind was probably the cause of his having gone astray. After he had been forced down, East German police arrived on the scene to take crew and passengers to Grevesmuehlen for interrogation by russian officers.
Mrs. P.K. McCash, the only woman on board the aircraft, said her treatment had been especially considerate. The day after the landing she had been given into the care of a Russian colonel's wife.