Airliner shootdowns: Korean Air Lines Flight 007, Iran Air Flight 655, BOAC Flight 777, Cathay Pacific VR-HEU

 
9781155314372: Airliner shootdowns: Korean Air Lines Flight 007, Iran Air Flight 655, BOAC Flight 777, Cathay Pacific VR-HEU
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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 39. Chapters: Korean Air Lines Flight 007, Iran Air Flight 655, BOAC Flight 777, Cathay Pacific VR-HEU, List of airliner shootdown incidents, 2007 Mogadishu TransAVIAexport Airlines Il-76 crash, 2003 Baghdad DHL attempted shootdown incident, El Al Flight 402, Korean Air Lines Flight 902, Polar 3, Siberia Airlines Flight 1812, Kaleva, Libyan Arab Airlines Flight 114, Air Rhodesia Flight 825, PK-AFV, 1942 Qantas Short Empire shoot-down, Air Rhodesia Flight 827, 1998 Lignes Aériennes Congolaises crash, Transair Georgia airliner shootdowns, Lionair Flight 602, 1983 TAAG Angola Airlines Boeing 737 crash, 1962 Aeroflot SSSR-42370 flight. Excerpt: Korean Air Lines Flight 007 (KAL 007, KE 007) was a Korean Air Lines civilian airliner that was shot down by Soviet interceptors on 1 September 1983, over the Sea of Japan, near Moneron Island just west of Sakhalin island. All 269 passengers and crew aboard were killed, including Lawrence McDonald, a sitting member of the United States Congress. The aircraft was en route from New York City to Seoul via Anchorage when it strayed into prohibited Soviet airspace around the time of a planned missile test. The Soviet Union initially denied knowledge of the incident, but later admitted shooting the aircraft down, claiming that it was on a spy mission. The Politburo said it was a deliberate provocation by the United States, to test the Soviet Union's military preparedness, or even to provoke a war. The United States accused the Soviet Union of obstructing search and rescue operations. The Soviet military suppressed evidence sought by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) investigation, notably the flight data recorders, which were eventually released eight years later after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The incident was one of the tensest moments of the Cold War, and resulted in an...

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