We all remember the P-3 Orion Spy Mission over Chinese Waters and the two Chinese Fighters intercepted it and one actually crashed into the P-3 and the Chinese Pilot, hot dog type ejected and was lost at sea. The P-3 was severely damaged but it is a tough bird. Luckily the crew destroyed most all of the electronics on board and scuttled the aircraft prior to its escorted landing at a Chinese Military airfield.
This was what the newspapers reported and that is what happened although there are some conspiracy theories still flying around about different rumors created by the underground cults and late night call-ins on the Art Bell Radio Show. Of course I have heard all these stories on the air and just laugh. Why well because that is not the story I heard in Bar Harbor, WA Starbucks talking to some AE-6 Pilots, who all knew most of that P-3 Crew. They all confirmed the news reports and that is exactly what happened in China that day.
Some have asked why the Capitan of the P-3 Aircraft did not go to 200 feet off the deck and slow it down to 140 knots and simply fly away from the area. What is the Jet Chinese Fighter going to do then? Run out of fuel doing circles and go home? Scramble more aircraft out? It is not going to happen. Nevertheless, the Chinese got a bunch of butchered up equipment and erased equipment and sabotaged gear? Well good for them, they can sell it at a garage sale I guess? Consider all this in 2006.