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American Missionary Plane Shot Down in Peru

An American missionaries´ plane mistakenly identified as running drugs was shot down Friday by a Peruvian
air force jet. A Washington official says the Peruvian plane that shot it down was tipped by a U-S surveillance plane that believed the flight looked suspicious
and was operating without a flight plan in airspace often used by drug-runners.

President Bush calls the downing a “terrible tragedy” and has
suspended all U-S participation of intercepting suspected drug planes in Peru until investigators figure out what went wrong.

Survivors include Michigan
father Jim Brown and son who are expected to arrive in the U-S this afternoon. Brown´s wife and seven-month daughter were killed in the crash.


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