Zhou called Wu Faxian the commander of the air force who verified the plane's existence. Later in 1971 a Soviet medical team secretly traveled to the crash site and exhumed the bodies which were by then modestly decomposed. Doudou then phoned Zhou Enlai but was not able to contact him directly and Zhou only received Doudou's report second-hand.
Lin Biao (pinyin: Lín Biāo; IPA: [lǐn pjɑ́ʊ]; December 5 1907– September 13 1971) was a major Chinese Communist military leader who was pivotal in the communist victory in the Chinese Civil War especially in Northeastern China. Following Lin's death he was officially condemned as a traitor by the Communist Party of China.