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Helicopter Accident Latest Military Debacle

Aired February 13, 2001 - 1:22 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: The military accidents in Hawaii are expected to come up during a Pentagon briefing scheduled to begin in half an hour or so.

CNN military affairs correspondent Jamie McIntyre is keeping watch at the Pentagon.

What's it all about, Jamie?

JAMIE MCINTYRE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, we expect to get update, Lou, on whatever the latest is known on the helicopter accident. It appears that these two helicopters that crashed in Hawaii came into contact with each other before hitting the ground. That seems to be the only logical explanation, because the chances of two simultaneous independent accidents is pretty slim. But again, we're waiting for the results of that investigation. There won't be a whole lot they will be able to say in today's briefing.

Also a topic today about the submarine accident at this point is, will the United States be able to raise the wreckage of this Japanese fishing ship from 1,800 feet of water off the coast of Waikiki (ph), something the Japanese government is very interested in doing, because they would like to recover whatever remains might be on that ship in order to provide closure for those families who lost loved ones in that accident last Friday. So, those will be some of the topics touched on.

WATERS: Jamie, we referred yesterday to what the Pentagon calls a transparent investigation here; vis-a-vis, the submarine accident. What does that entail, necessarily? Will the Japanese be involved in the investigation?

MCINTYRE: Well, the United States is trying to go to great lengths to reassure Japan that every aspect of this will be investigated. There are two separate investigations: one, by the National Transportation Safety Board, and one by the Navy, which looks specifically at the actions of the captain and the crew of this submarine, as they were doing what's called emergency blow exercise where they pump compressed air into the submarine's ballast tanks and then it pops out of the water very quickly -- an exercise they practice to save lives in case there was a catastrophic accident while the submarine was under the sea.

But, the Pentagon insists it will look at every aspect of this as they try to figure out how this happened.

WATERS: All right, Jamie McIntyre at the Pentagon. We're expecting that briefing at any time. And when that happens, we'll apprise you of what's going on.

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