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Video shows fighter jets shooting down US missionaries
February 4, 2010
A video has emerged showing a bungled CIA operation that led to the shooting down of a light plane carrying American missionaries in Peru.
The dramatic footage, taken from a CIA surveillance aircraft and shown on America’s ABC News, shows Peruvian fighter jets opening fire on the missionaries’ seaplane even as its pilot screamed for help.
Although the Peruvian pilots issued a warning, the pilot of the missionaries’ plane was on a different frequency and could not hear it.
The Peruvian jets shot down the missionaries despite CIA officers expressing serious doubts that the people they were shadowing were drug dealers.
The aircraft was carrying Jim and Veronica Bowers and their children Cory, 6, and their adopted baby Charity, who were returning from a routine trip to Brazil. Mrs Bowers and seven-month-old Charity were killed in the attack.
The emergence of the video has led to renewed accusations that the CIA lied to Congress and covered up its role in the 2001 deaths of Mrs Bowers and Charity.