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Crew Not to be Released

It appears that the 24 crew members of a U-S Navy surveillance plane will remain in Chinese hands for the
time being.

But a U-S diplomat who met with them says they are in good health.

Army Brigadier General Neal Sealock was allowed to meet
today with the crew members. It was their first contact with an American official since their plane landed on the tropical Chinese island
of

Hainan.

A spokesman for China´s foreign ministry says the fate of the crew will be decided after an investigation by China. Secretary of
State Colin Powell today called for their ´´rapid´´ return.