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Frid-y, July 15, 1977 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page N
Carter calm despite copter shooting

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there was no change in alert
5t5s-
Asked whether the adminis-
tration viewed the incident as
crisis, Powell responded:
,CERTAINLY not in the
sense of an impending war or
large-scale military involve-
ment. Objectively, any sitna-
tion in which American lives
are lot or in jeopardy are
viewed with deep concern."
The helicopter, Powell said,
was enroute to pick up a South
Korean navigator and that
"even though the pilot was
qualified to fly in the buffer
one south of the DMZ (d-
orritarized zone), hehad nev-
er flown there and he was not
familiar with the terrain."
lie added that the helicopter
was fired upon soon after cross-
ing the demarcation line but
"this is one of the areas of
ambiguity."
THE WHITE HOUSE clear-
ly sought to project an aura of
calm.
"We are trying to let them
know that we realize the mis-
take was made by the crew in
going into the demilitarized
zone," Carter told seven sena-
tors at an early morning White
House meeting. "Our primary
interest is in having the inci-
dent not escalate into - a con-
frontation but also to account
for the crew members."
Testifying on Capitol Hill,
Gen. George Brown, chairman
of the Joint Chief of Staff,
said the shooting has not chang-
ed the military leadership's
support for Carter's plan to
withdraw U. S. combat troops
from South Korea.
"TlE NORTH KOREANS
acted in a manner entirely con-
sistent with their past behav-
ior, Brown told the House
Armed Services Committee.
"They have done this in ev-
eni case."
But Rep. Robert Bauman,
BMit. said the President
seemed to be "taking all this
en'calmly and I don't my-
se believe that's exactly the
rigt approach." He said it
caled for sterner action "and
hi is just another in a long
iie of proofs in my mind that
e oght to remain and keep
an American presence in Ko-
Bus strikers
plan City
Hall picket
Continuedt-om Page )i
Ernst contended the stale-
mate is due to ATAA board
members being out of town on
vacation at this time and un-
able to make decisions regard-
ing the negotiations.
"THERE IS some concern
because this dispute has really
been unnecessary," Ernst said.
"It is the result of irresponsible
acts on the part of the board
and City Council."
One eat on the board os
now vacant nending city coun-
cil appointment.
Guenther countered Ernst's
charges saying, "There isn't
anything for the board to be
Voting on anyway. Until the
unon ratifies the contract,
there's no need for a quorum."
"The negotiators have clear
guidance from the board on
how far we can go," he said.

THE PENTAGON was noti-
fying relatives that their next-
of-kin were aboard the aircraft
but a spokesman said it was
not known which of the four
was captured. Their names
were withheld.
Pentagon spokesman Thom-
as Ross said no special men-
stres were being taken by U.S.
troops in Korea.
"There is no change in the
alert status of American forces
in Korea," Ross said. "The
forces remain on normal sta-
tus."
NORTH KOREAN radio
claimed the helicopter, a twin-
rotor cargo and troop-carrying
Chinook model, "infiltrated
deep into the portion of our
side." But Ross said two ob-
server posts on the South Ko-
rean side of the two-and-a-half
mile buffer zone, saw the inci-
dent.
Ross said the unarmed chop-
per had taken off from Pyong-
taek, i5 miles south of Seoul,
destined for an area two miles
r

south of the demilitarized cone.
its mission was to haul con-
struction material in the area
to an observation post.
South Korean troops saw the
helicopter straying across the
DMZ and tried to warn the
crew by firing warning shots.
"THEY FIRST landed in
North Korea, got out and in-
spected the helicopter and then
got back-into the helicopter and
took off," Carter told the sena-
tors. "After it took off, the
North Koreans who were ap-
proaching apparently shot the
helicopter down."
The President said two of the
crewmembers apparently died
in the crash and that "another
was apparently killed in the ex-
change of gunfire in some way.
We don't know yet."
HE SAID it had flown north
"apparently because of a navi-
gational mistake."
Speaking with the senators,
Carter said "apparently the
North Koreans have orders to
shoot down anything that enters

that territory and the South craft have been shot down dur-
Koreans knew it. We didn't ing the armistice now 24 years
know, obviously, what the at- 011.'The Pentagon said 87
titude of the crew was, what Americans and more than 450
their problem was. South Koreans have been killed
The incident was the fifth in some 2,000 shooting inci-
time American military .air- dents in that time.

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CANTERBURY HOUSE SEEKS RESIDENTS
Three students or other qualified people are
being sought to live in Canterbury House begin-
ning in September and to support its programs
of ethical and spiritual inquiry and expression.
Free housing will be provided and residents will
have five hours of specific duties each week. We
are looking for people who want to live cooper-
ateively and whose personal concerns and life-
style will enhance the activities of Canterbury.
Those interested should contact Jonathan Ellis
by July 18, 1977 at 665-0606 or 995-5859.

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