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Chinese Jet Collides with US Spy Plane
On April 1st 2001 a Chinese F-8 jet intercepted a US EP-3E Spy plane off the Chinese coast in international waters over the South China Sea. The F-8 collided with the US plane. The F-8's pilot was killed while the US plane was forced to make a crash landing in China. The US crew attempted to destroy all of the top secret equipment aboard the plane but there was not enough time. The Chinese held the 24 member US crew for 11 days.