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Copter strayed but Czechs fired on it, Pentagon says

The Pentagon acknowledged Thursday that a US Army Cobra helicopter ''inadvertently crossed'' six miles deep into Czechoslovak airspace last week, but it insisted two Czech MIG-21 jet fighters fired at the unarmed helicopter without warning.

Pentagon spokesman Michael Burch said the helicopter flew back into West German airspace, undamaged but pursued by the Czech MGs to the border.

But in a separate statement, the West German Border Police Command South in Munich said there was no evidence the chopper had been fired on.

Czechoslovakia summoned the US ambassador to the Foreign Ministry in Prague Wednesday to hand over a formal protest to Washington on the incident.

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