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August 25, 2014

News Briefs August 25, 2014

China says U.S. plane intercept was professional

China’s Defense Ministry has rejected U.S. accusations that a Chinese fighter jet conducted a dangerous intercept of a U.S. Navy surveillance aircraft off the coast of China in international airspace.

The ministry issued a statement Aug. 23 attributed to spokesman Yang Yujun calling the U.S. accusations groundless. It says the Chinese pilot conducted operations that were professional and the Chinese jet kept a safe distance from the U.S. planes.

The Pentagon says the Chinese jet made several close passes by the Navy P-8 Poseidon plane, coming within 30 feet of it at one point.

The Pentagon says the Aug. 19 encounter was the fourth such incident since March.

The Chinese statement says the U.S. large-scale and highly frequent close-in reconnaissance against China is the root cause of accidents. AP

Remains of vet killed in 1952 buried in California

An Air Force veteran has been buried in Southern California, six decades after he died in a plane crash.

The Orange County Register (says the remains of Engolf Hagen were laid to rest with military honors Aug. 22 near his parents’ grave in Whittier.

Hagen, a 28-year-old technical sergeant, died when a Globemaster carrying 52 passengers crashed and exploded on an Alaskan glacier in 1952. The wreckage was quickly covered with snow.

The site was found two years ago and 17 victims identified from remains. Hagen’s forearm and rib were retrieved, cremated and the ashes flown to California.

Hagen’s youngest sister, 84-year-old Eleanor Yeager of Corona del Mar, attended the burial. Yeager says she’s grieving his loss again after so many years – but is glad he’s home at last. AP




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